The Police in Lephalale warn community members to be alert for scams on the internet. In a recent case, a victim of internet scamming paid R39 000 for chickens from someone who claims to represent a big and respected company that sells chicken.
Only after the money was transferred did the victim realize that it was a scam.
The number provided in the online advert didn’t exist and the company claims to be unaware of any internet transactions or staff member with the name on the advert.
The victim lost almost R40 000 because he didn’t verify the information provided on the advert.
“Never, ever, pay any amount of money into any account if you are not 100% sure that it is not a scam. There are many criminals looking for gullible people,” Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Spokesperson says.
Another case was opened by a complainant who made use of a company with the name “Donafin” to help him to pay out his pension money faster. The company pretends that they have the power to speed up the payment of pensions, but there is a fee to pay before they can assist. “Many people have lost lots of money by believing these criminals,” Mokoena explained.