Be aware of scams

2017-05-09 06:00

Wynberg police officers are urging members of the community to be more vigilant about scams that are currently reported to the police.

Wynberg police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka says this has become a major concern and almost on a weekly basis such cases are reported.

“We would like to warn the community of these coloured men who go around in threes and they target private institutions.

“They pretend to be interested in donating some funds, one of them would ask to be shown around the building meanwhile he is checking what to steal and others would wait outside in the car and by no time they steal.

“Be very vigilant and always check who you let into your premises,” she says.

Another scam that has been reported is people that stand in front of the shops as the person comes in the shop, they approach you and tell you to go inside this shop to get what you want to buy and offer you a ­discount.

They will tell you to leave your goods with them and when you come back they will be gone with your belongings, says Nqunqeka.

Nqunqeka adds that people should also be aware of offers coming to them on their phones as well.

“People are offered loans via sms’es and when they respond they are being told to deposit a certain amount in order for the money to be deposited at their bank account and after that they will tell you that in order for them to release the money and after that they will switch off their phones.

“People who are buying stuff over Gum Tree are also being scammed, they need to be careful especially those who are told to deposit the money before receiving the goods.

“Be very careful before doing anything.”

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