2015-05-19 06:00

Douglas-Jones received another call from the “mother” of her domestic worker.

“She really played on my emotions and I ended up sending them R5000. We as a family were in complete shock. The ‘mother’ and ‘husband’ called back on Sunday asking if I could pay in another R3500. I said I wasn’t able to do so.”

While Douglas-Jones was trying to figure out the next steps, she decided to call her sister-in-law’s domestic worker, Cynthia, who knew Patricia.

“Cynthia asked me for Patricia’s number as she wanted to pay her respects to Patricia’s family.

“She didn’t get through to the number and contacted one of the ladies at their church, who got hold of our domestic worker.”

Imagine Douglas-Jones’s surprise when Patricia called to ask why everyone thought she was dead.

“I was so shocked, the phone literally fell out of my hand. I told her about the call and what had happened over the last two days and she told me more shocking news.

“According to Patricia someone claiming to be from the UIF office called on Thursday and asked her to verify her details.

“Being an honest, trustworthy person she complied and confirmed her mother, husband, child’s and work details. She gave them everything they needed for their scam.

“On Saturday morning at 07:20 someone claiming to be from MTN called her and asked her to turn her phone off for two hours as her number was duplicated and they needed to sort out the problem.”

Patricia complied and left for church. When she returned home in the afternoon she turned her phone back on and discovered it was wiped clean. She was unable to retrieve phone numbers and couldn’t make or receive calls.

“I’m not sure how they managed to do that, but they scammed me out of R5000 and who knows how many other people out there have been had by these scamsters.

“I am very relieved and happy that she is fine, but I just cannot believe that people would use death as a way to scam for money. My faith and trust have been severely shattered as it’s unbelievable to even think that this is possible.

“Therefore I think that others should be alerted as we get so attached to the people who work for us and now our emotions are being used against us.”

Douglas-Jones says she reported the crime to the police.

At the time of going to print the police had not commented

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