Take note of scams during silly season

POLICE are telling communities to be cautious when in the CBD and also when withdrawing money as a number of scams are being used to rob people.

In some instances, promises are made to double their money and victims are requested to hand over the money, which is then put into an envelope­.

“However, the culprits then disappear with the money,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

Another method used is where victims are told they need to be “cleansed” and a certain amount is requested before the ritual can begin­.

“Again the robbers disappear with the money. Community members are warned not to trust anyone who is unknown to them,” said Wiid­.

Bag-snatching is also a great concern to police.

The public walk in the CBD, talking on their cellphone, oblivious to suspicious persons who pounce on them and snatch their bags.

“Others carelessly leave handbags in trolleys while shopping or walk carefree with their handbags instead of tightly tucked under their arm,” she said.

“Do not carry important documents in your handbag if not necessary and carry as little cash as possible.The public is urged to be extremely careful at all times, but especially during this time of the year when people come into extra cash and will be shopping,” she said.

Stokvel money must rather be deposited into a bank account instead of being kept at home where it can easily be stolen.

“Do not make it public know-ledge of when and where withdrawals will be made or divided,” added Wiid. - Supplied.

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