Two held for airtime fraud in Pretoria

2012-10-11 08:25

Johannesburg - Two people were arrested in Pretoria West on Wednesday for selling counterfeit airtime vouchers, Gauteng police said.

Police were tipped off about a shop selling fake airtime vouchers, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

When police investigated, they found R1m worth of blank airtime vouchers.

They confiscated computer equipment and a printer used to produce the vouchers, which bore the logos of various cellular networks.

Two foreigners, aged 24 and 29, were arrested and would appear in court soon.

"Police are advising all members of the public who also bought blank vouchers or vouchers with [erroneous] pin numbers to report the matter to the police," Tsinyane said.

  • riotousr - 2012-10-11 08:47

    Now you know why your airtime recharge never worked. I have always suggested that we stone these illegal foreighners out of South Africa and you thought it was the Hansa Pilsner that was talking.

      napolita.kio - 2012-10-11 09:31

      What is your basis for suggesting "we stone these illegal foreighners"? If it's because of crime(s) they commit(ted), then I urge you to cast the first stone.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-11 08:49

    Ahhh, these 'foreigners', as long as our gates are open to invite the rest of Africa in, we'll hear no end. Our land of milk and honey ... Now, can somebody PLEASE remove Tutu, it's the second day I have to see that scary look at the top of my page, it's not nice.

      lightman.austin - 2012-10-11 09:19

      what a stupid comment, so are you implying that every crime is commited by foreigners ? you have shallow brains man

      Andrea - 2012-10-11 09:54

      Well, this crime was, as so many others in the news all the time. Go switch your light on, please, lightman.

      ladysonia.matiasolivierii - 2012-10-11 10:38

      Andea, the police who arrested these two individuals HAVE NO IDEA or even a clue as to what type of bussiness they are running. They ASSUMED (as you know assumption is the mother of all evil) that being in possession of black network voucher paper they were going to committ a crime. They are so wrong being a Bulk Wholesaler of Airtime entitles having this voucher paper as well as a printer and a computer in order to print ligitimate airtime vouchers which is bought directly from the networks and sent to a database which they have access to, to print the vouchers and resell them. Do you understand or are you also going to assume that every bit of news you read is correct?

      Andrea - 2012-10-11 11:12

      ladysonia, why were they arrested then? for having blank paper? I rest my case.

  • Draadsitter - 2012-10-11 08:55

    How can we continue to give refuge to all these foreign criminals? It's time for the ANC led government to do something about their "struggle" buddies they openly receive in our country!

  • dave.kofang - 2012-10-11 09:44

    It must be pakistanis.I was also in the same situation and they refused to refund me.The citizen r suffering while the govt want to be seen as welcoming.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-10-11 09:44

    It must be pakistanis.I was also in the same situation and they refused to refund me.The citizen r suffering while the govt want to be seen as welcoming.

  • sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-11 09:45

    Cell phone shop = Pretoria West = Our foreign Indian friends !

  • ladysonia.matiasolivierii - 2012-10-11 09:46

    Its such a pity that you people dont get your facts straight before arresting people who are doing ligitimate business. Of coure they have blank voucher paper from all the networks, they are Bulk Wholesalers who print valid airtime vouchers for resale.

      Andrea - 2012-10-11 09:56

      Yes, that is why they were arrested for a criminal act. Because it is legitimate business.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-10-11 15:34

    Foreigners meaning Nigerians?

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