Residents urged to be vigilant of ‘scamsters’

2016-05-10 06:00

PINETOWN SAPS recently embarked on a crime awareness campaign in the Pinetown CBD.

Motorists were warned not to open windows when approaching intersections. In the past weeks there are people who have been the victims of robberies while waiting in the line outside Pinetown Home Affairs office.

Warrant Officer BJ Manqele of Pinetown SAPS said: “The most important thing is to make sure your motor vehicle is properly­ locked before leaving by physically checking the doors.
“Do not leave expensive items such as laptops, cellphones, bags and cash on your car seats - lock them in the boot. Be aware of your surroundings as criminals are waiting to strike. Let us work together in the fight against crime.”

Another scam that's prevalent in the area is one that promises victims large amounts of money.

“There are many variations of this type of scam, but the most common one is when someone drops an envelope­ with money inside or cash in a plastic bank bag on the floor.
“The victim will pick up the envelope­ or plastic bag thinking it is his or her lucky day. The perpetrator will then follow the victim. After a while they will confront the victim pretending to be police officers and produce a fake appointment certificate.

“The perpetrators will convince the victim that they will share the money while they convince him or her to go with them to a private place. The victim will then be robbed of valuables. Some of the victims are raped and murdered. Be aware of your surroundings as criminals are waiting to strike. Let us work together in the fight against crime.”

Contact Pinetown SAPS on 031 325 580/ 81/82/83 or report crime or suspicious activities on 10111.

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