Pretoria police warn car theft victims of scam
PRETORIA – The police in Pretoria on Monday cautioned individuals from the general population to abstain from falling prey to a continuous trick where proprietors of stolen vehicles are called by individuals imitating cops and asked for to make an installment for their autos to be brought back.
“There is a man who imitates a cop by calling exploited people whose vehicles were stolen. He will illuminate them that the police recuperated their vehicles. The proprietor of the vehicle is then asked for to make an installment into a record, or, in other words for the SAPS pound to discharge the vehicle or to recover the vehicle from another territory,” said nearby police representative, Captain Colette Weilbach.
“After the installment is made the alleged “cop” can never again be followed and his telephone number is never again working. Here and there the supposed “cop” even requests broadcast appointment, for him to telephone the complainant back when every one of the courses of action have been finished.”
She said a few such instances of extortion have been accounted for at police headquarters inside the Tshwane Central Cluster – Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Lyttelton, Pretoria Moot, Villieria, Sunnyside and Silverton.
“The SAPS is occupied with an examination and are doing everything possible to get to the base of this, particularly to set up how the individual acquired individual subtle elements of the complainants and their stolen vehicles,” she said.
In the most recent occurrence, Weilbach said a 43-year-elderly person situated in Garsfontein, east of Pretoria, got a call from a man who claimed that he is researching the robbery of his engine vehicle.
That vehicle had been accounted for as stolen in the Brooklyn policing area prior this month.
“The supposed examining officer got some information about the vehicle, for example, regardless of whether the vehicle was fitted with any GPS beacons. The complainant was astounded in light of the fact that everything that data was made reference to in his announcement,” said Weilbach.
“The following day the supposed examining officer called back with alleged uplifting news that the vehicle was recuperated in Limpopo. He requested that the complainant store a measure of R1 500 [via] e-wallet with the goal that the vehicle can be taken back to Pretoria. The careful vehicle proprietor presumed treachery and announced a misrepresentation case at the Brooklyn police headquarters.”
At the point when vehicles are recouped, proprietors are required to go to the SAPS pound face to face with their own reports and vehicle enlistment papers as evidence.
“No installments are required at police pounds or at police headquarters to get stolen vehicles back. The proprietor can likewise designate an insurance agency to gather the vehicle from the beat for their benefit if there are any harms to the vehicle,” said Weilbach.
“Report any suspicious people, vehicles – particularly ones without number plates – or conditions to the police promptly by calling the 10111 crisis number. Data concerning wrongdoing can be given to the police secretly by calling 08600 10111 or by sending a SMS to 32211.”
She spoke to networks to help police in Gauteng to battle “misrepresentation, defilement, untrustworthy conduct or whatever other suspicious exercises that could be impeding to our prosperity” by calling the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers: Duty General 082 313 8299, Duty Brigadier 082 444 4354