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Police warn about impostors defrauding Eastern Cape stock theft victims

Apr 11, 2019
Police warn about impostors defrauding Eastern Cape stock theft victims

Police will not require money to help stock theft victims claim their recovered stock

King Williams Town - The Eastern Cape Provincial Stock Theft Unit on Wednesday issue a warning to victims of stock theft, who have opened cases with the SAPS about impostors masquerading as police officers in an effort to extort money from them in exchange for "release of missing/stolen stock".

"The impostor usually requests the victims to deposit an amount of money in order to get the missing/stolen stock back," described police spokesperson, Capt Khaya Tonjeni.

"There are cases where victims were told to deposit money and some have complied and paid the money, only to discover later that they have been scammed or defrauded."

He said that the SAPS would like to warn members of the public about the existence of such a fraudulent scheme and appeal to community members to alert one another.

"Police have no procedure that requires its customers/members of the public to deposit money in private personal accounts including any business account when providing service," Capt Tonjeni explained.

"If a member of the public received such a call they must not pay any amount of money to any account but report such attempts to the nearest police station or Stock Theft Provincial Commander:Lt Col Sello Rute-082 319 9257.

"All information will be treated confidential."

Stock Theft unit makes several arrests - including of police Commander

On Wednesday, the Eastern Cape Stock Theft unit also said that it had made several arrests in efforts to eliminate stock theft and illicit trade in stolen meat.

Among the arrested, a former police Commander was found guilty of stock theft by the Maclear Magistrate's Court.

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