Beware of conman

2018-06-02 14:56
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“There are people who are out to fool us and to make us believe they are real spiritual healers, but they are not. They are con-artists, who are stealing our money, and feeding off the desperate.”

These are the words of a disappointed resident from Athlone after being conned into paying R8000, earlier this month.

Godfrey Herman says he approached a female spiritual healer earlier this month with the hopes of sorting out his financial difficulties.

But he only ended up losing thousands of Rands, after she took off with his money.

The spiritual healer’s alias is known to People’s Post and the police.

“I have been calling non-stop to get my money back, and to date, the police cannot locate her. The service number has also been changed since our last discussion,” he explains.

“I found her number in a local newspaper and thought I would give it a try to heal my own issues. I called and explained my situation. They said R850 is needed for consultation. I paid the amount and we met up at a location in Athlone.

“On the day, a man came with a box with bones, amongst other items. After he communicated with the spirits, I was told that I qualify for R250 000, this according to the spirits. He said R8000 was needed to further the process and to obtain the money. I said ok, and went to the bank to draw the amount needed.”

Herman says after paying and completing the procedure, he was promised to be contacted the next day.

“They did call me back the next day, but this time they said a special spiritual bag worth R40 000 is needed to complete the final step of me getting my money.

“I asked how I will get the money as this wasn’t mentioned before. They then advised me to sell my car to pay for the bag. This is when I realised I am being conned,” he says.

“I tried getting hold of the spiritual healer and her assistant to get my R8000 back, but they have since vanished.

“I also made a case at Athlone Police Station. The address police visited, and which she gives clients, does not belong to her and residents don’t know anyone with the name advertised in the paper,” he adds.

Captain Peter Merio of Athlone Police Station confirmed the case and said it is not the first case of its kind at the station.

“This man’s story is true. We are receiving quite a lot of these cases where individuals posing as spiritual healers are running away with people’s money,” says Merio.

“We need to sensitise these issues in our community as some of our very educated residents are even victims to it.

“Another complainant who made a case tried to get medicine from a local healer to heal his mother, and was asked to sell his house to pay the service cost of R440 000.

“He was told he will get a smaller house in return. But never did. His money is gone and so is the lady who he approached for help.

“We need to raise awareness about this issue, it’s a common problem in our area,” says Merio

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