Be wary of vehicle theft conmen

2017-11-16 06:01

The Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit is warning victims of theft of motor vehicles to be wary of conmen who are contacting them and informing them that their vehicle has been recovered.

“In the last 2 months, it has been noted that about 10 complainants have reported that they had received calls from ‘police officials’ claiming to have recovered their vehicles,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu from the SAPS Mount Road Cluster: Corporate Communications.

“It is alleged that the caller posing as the police official will contact the complainant and inform him that his vehicle was recovered and that he needed to pay R1 500 to R2 000 into an e-wallet account through money market payment.

“The vehicle is usually ‘recovered’ away from the area from which it was originally stolen. The caller will also relay that once the money is paid in, he will make arrangements for the release of the vehicle,” said Colonel Naidu.

Excited complainants on hearing the news of the recovery without giving any thought to the conversation, immediately pay in the money and never hear from the person again.

Police are warning complainants that at no stage will money be requested from us for the recovery or release of a stolen or hijacked vehicle.

“If such a call is received, contact the investigating officer to verify such information. Make sure that you have the number of your investigating officer as well as your case number,” said Colonel Naidu.

At this stage it is not clear how the conman has information about the theft of such vehicle or contact details of the complainant.

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