Durban - A conman is cashing in on pensioners’ worries about load shedding and high electricity bills. He got away with R24 000 from one Richmond couple and, after another elderly pensioner was scammed out of R16 000, police believe it is probably the same crook.
Now, they are warning people in Richmond, particularly the elderly, to be wary of strangers who ring up offering to help with their water and electricity bills.
The suspect is an Indian man, in his 30s, about 1.6m tall, with dark complexion.
It is alleged that in February, an 80-year-old woman received a call from a man saying he was from a certain company and promising to send someone to her house “to help her with load shedding and lowering the Eskom bill,” police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said on Wednesday.
Three days later, the couple were approached by a man who identified himself as Andrew, and said he was from “Universal Solutions” , a company that helps pensioners evade load shedding.