Bethlehem: A 64-year-old Bethlehem farmer lost money to the tune of R30 000 to a man pretending to be a police officer.
It is alleged that the farmer received a telephone call from an unknown man who pretended to be a police Captain attached to the Stock Theft Unit. He promised to return the farmer`s stock which had been reported stolen on condition that monies be deposited into an account. After making the required deposit, the suspect was never heard from again.
Bethlehem Cluster Commander Maj Gen Jan Tsotetsi would like to warn farmers, lest they are defrauded in a similar manner. “They must be privy to all kinds of scams, especially around this time of the year. Under no circumstances will a member of the service demand cash for services rendered. It would be outright corruption and a clear indication that one is being defrauded. Chancers will expectedly be out in full swing this Festive Season,” he warned.