‘Fake prophets’ exposed

The police in Bloemfontein strongly warn members of the public to not fall prey to a fake prophecy syndicate reportedly operating in the city.

Capt. Chaka Marope, spokes­person of the Parkweg Police Cluster, said several cases relating to the fake prophecy had been reported since the beginning of January.

He said the syndicate targeted unsuspecting people, including tertiary students, in secluded streets in the city.

Marope said according to information gathered through reports, those involved in the fake prophecy scam, move in a group of three – two men and one woman.

“These people present themselves as prophets and deceive unsuspecting individuals around town,” said Marope.

According to Marope they ­intrigue victims by telling them about their family matters of concern.

“Once someone has fallen under their evil spell, they instruct him or her to go to the nearest shop to buy a box of matches or snuff to cast out the evil curses surrounding his or her family.

“The victim would also be ordered to leave behind his or her property. When the victims return from the shop, the self-proclaimed prophets had vanished with their belongings,” Marope explained.

“We appeal to the public to not believe in something that is too good to be true and to not trust any strangers, especially when walking alone in the streets.

“Furthermore, should they be approached by such individuals, they should note their (the suspects’) description and report the matter immediately to the nearest police station.”

People are urged to make use of the police emergency number, 08600-10111.

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