Caution against livestock scammers

2017-10-12 06:00

THE provincial SAPS Stock Theft Unit has warned livestock owners against roaming scammers.

The scammers, police say, target owners who previously had their livestock stolen by pretending to be police officers who have found and recovered them.

“They would inform the victim that their livestock has been recovered from another province, but they have to deposit a certain amount of cash so their livestock can be transported back home,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele.

She said the amount could be anything from R2000 and above and most targeted were in rural areas and areas close to the border.

“Please beware there is no investigating officer who can ask the victim for money, the stock theft investigators will in fact assist victims and would drive them by state vehicle to view recovered livestock,” said Mbhele.

Mbhele encouraged stock theft victims to stay in contact the investigating officers and if contacted by scammers to inform their nearest police station.

“Familiarise yourselves with detectives investigating your cases, do not fall prey to these fraudsters. When receiving such calls or text messages, please ask the ‘police’ for the brand mark of your so-called recovered livestock and tell them to leave their contact details, then inform police immediately,” said Mbhele.

- Supplied.

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