Alleged scam victim warns other people

2017-10-11 06:02

“IDON’T want what happened to me to happen to anyone else.”

These were the words of an emotional Rasalia Khaude who says she was scammed out of R1 000 in September by a woman who promised to secure her sister a job at Northdale Hospital.

Khaude, who works in Woodlands, told the Fever last Thursday that she borrowed money from her boss to give to a woman who claimed that she works at Northdale Hospital.

Khaude said she was on her way to work three weeks ago when an unknown elderly woman approached her and asked if she was interested in a job.

“She greeted me and asked if I wanted a job. I told her my sister was looking for a job, to which she replied that Northdale Hospital was looking for cleaners.

“She [alleged scammer] then told me to pay R1 000 because that is the procedure when you want to get a job quickly at a government institution. I thought she was legit because she even showed me the uniform proving that she works at the hospital.

“I didn’t have money at the time so I borrowed the money from my boss and paid her the cash on the same day,” she said.

Khaude said after she gave the money to the woman, she told Khaude that she would receive a call with details about when her sister could commence work.

“After not receiving any phone call, I decided to call the woman. At first her phone rang unanswered and when I tried again it went straight to voicemail and is still on voicemail. That is when I realised that I was scammed.

“I reported the case to the Mountain Rise Police Station but was told to go back home and the police would come to me to take a statement and that hasn’t happened.”

Khaude said she wants to warn other people who are desperately looking for jobs to be careful when they meet strangers who make offers that seem too good to be true.

“I am in debt now. It’s so sad that even old people who we trust are doing this while we are trying to feed our children.” Khaude said that after conducting her own investigation, people have told her that the woman is known for scamming people in Northdale and the CBD.

The Northdale Hospital public relations officer and Mountain Rise police spokesperson could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

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