SAPS wishes to sensitise the public regarding a scam which is circulating where vehicle owners receive an SMS or similar message stating that the VCIU has recovered his or her vehicle and that a stipulated amount of money must be deposited for the vehicle to be returned. This is a scam to extort money from unsuspecting vehicle owners. Should they receive such messages, they are to immediately contact the investigating officer. The SAPS is also responsible for the towing of all recovered vehicles to the police pound for further investigation and will not ask complainants to make any cash deposits for towing services. Acting Commander for the Ugu Cluster, Brigadier Bongani Sibiya, cautions the public regarding these scams as criminals will try all kinds of methods to defraud the public out of their money. — Supplied.