Two Detectives arrested for job scam - police appeal for victims to come forward

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Two 28-years-old SAPS Detective Constables are expected in court on Wednesday after they were busted by Free State police for conning six desperate job seekers out of R18 500 with false job adverts online.

According to Free State police, the suspects placed fake advertisements of employment for Basic Ambulance Assistance at St. Helena Hospital in Welkom on a social network with false contact details resulting in many victim's - mostly women sending through their Curriculum Vitae’s.

The suspects would then tell the applicants that they would like a 'drink' - a cash bribe of up to R6 000, so that they can help secure the jobs for the applicants. 

Free State police said that the suspects will choose a secluded area for the handover of the money and promise victims they should expect a telephone call from them for the interview.

"The two suspects were prepared to show victims with their sedan vehicle where the interviews will be held," the police said.  

"Other victims were instructed to deposit cash through money market in one of the chain stores in Welkom. The six victims came from different places like Focheville, Odendaalsrus, Vaal Reefs, Stilfontein, Klerksdorp, Atteridgeville and George in Western Cape. 

"The victims will realise that they were scammed when they arrived at St.Helena hospital premises in Welkom to report for an interview, then the real employees of the hospital will explain that they were cheated."  

According to the police, the scam only came to light when victims reported it to Welkom Police Station where a case of theft under false pretence was registered for further investigation. 

On Tuesday, the investigator, Constable Mantshadi Ngake, of  the Welkom Detective Services, arranged a trap with a potential victim  clients of the suspects with help from Lt Col Stephen Mathakhoe.

The two suspects were cornered at one of the chain store in Welkom CBD by the investigators and the Hawks in Welkom, as they arrived to collect the cash bdribe that amounted to R6 000 from the victim, Free State police said. Four cellular phones were found in their possession and seized as exhibits.

They have since been dismissed from duty for corruption from their stations at Bothaville Detectives and Welkom Detective and face charges for theft under false pretence.   

"We are appealing to anyone who might be the victim of these scam of a post of Basic Ambulance Assistance advertised in the Social Net Work, to come forward to register a case as suspects are arrested. Should anyone who is a victim needs information to register a case at Welkom Police Station, please contact Detective Constable Mantshadi Ngake of Welkom Detective Services at telephone number 057- 391 6245 or 391 6363 during office hours," police said.