PRETORIA - The police in Pretoria on Monday warned members of the public to avoid falling prey to an ongoing scam where owners of stolen vehicles are called by people impersonating police officers and requested to make a payment for their cars to be brought back.
"There is a person who impersonates a police officer by phoning victims whose vehicles were stolen. He will inform them that the police recovered their vehicles. The owner of the vehicle is then requested to make a payment into an account, which is needed [purportedly] for the SAPS pound to release the vehicle or to get the vehicle back from another province," said local police spokesperson, Captain Colette Weilbach.
"After the payment is made the so-called “police officer” can no longer be traced and his phone number is no longer working. Sometimes the so-called “police officer” even asks for airtime, for him to phone the complainant back when all the arrangements have been finalised."
She said several such cases of fraud have been reported at police stations within the Tshwane Central Cluster - Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Lyttelton, Pretoria Moot, Villieria, Sunnyside and Silverton.
"The SAPS is busy with an investigation and are doing everything in their power to get to the bottom of this, especially to establish how the person obtained personal details of the complainants and their stolen vehicles," she said.