Monday, 01 July 2019

Welkom: A case of fraud was registered at Welkom Police station after an elderly woman, 64 year old, was defrauded a total amount of R25 000.00 by thugs who pretended to be cops . The suspects are unknown at this stage and are still at large.

The victim alleges that on Wednesday; 26 May 2019, she was walking alone from Ubank in Bok Street; Welkom, when an unknown adult African male approached her and told her that she was smeared. The victim noticed that she was indeed smeared and the unknown man then identified himself as a Police Detective, as he was not wearing Police uniform.

He insisted that she has been marked by thugs and if she does not let him assist her, she will lose all her money in her bank account. The suspect then pointed her to a white unmarked vehicle with “Gauteng Province” registration and told the elderly woman to go with them to the police station.

When the victim got inside the vehicle, there was an African female and another African male who took out what looked like appointment card with the police logo on it. The suspects then drove with the victim to Welkom Police Station. This is where, only one suspect got out of the vehicle and went inside the police station.

He came back inside their vehicle stating that his commander instructed him to tell the lady that she should withdraw all her money from her account within 5 hours or else the money will disappear.

The victim indeed withdrew her money and the suspects told her that they are going to keep it safe for her at the “police station”. Suspects then dropped the victim at her place of residence in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus and drove off.

The victim realised that she has been defrauded and reported the incident to the Police and a case of fraud was registered for further investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects involved in fraudulent activities, may contact Detective Sergeant Malefetsane Tilo of Welkom Detective Services on cellphone number 060 304 3572.