Johannesburg - Joburg residents have been warned about scammers doing the rounds in the suburbs impersonating city officials and using fake cut-off notices to extract money from them.
The scammers threaten to cut off water and electricity if cash is not paid.
The city’s revenue department spokesperson Kgamanyane Maphologela said those who are in arrears, may be tempted to do so.
“Our investigators have picked up a trend where these people who pretend to be city officials visit customers’ properties with fake disconnection cards and demand upfront payment,” he said, adding that city employees do not go to customers’ properties demanding money.
Maphologela said that during the festive season the rise in scams was bound to increase and customers should be alert and know the proper channels through which to make payments to the city.