Vryheid woman scammed out of savings, seven arrested

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As the festive season approaches, scam artists are becoming more and more active; as they prey on trusting individuals.

Seven men are under arrest, after handing a Vryheid woman a safe full of counterfeit money in what seems to be an apparent scam.

In March this year, the men convinced the unsuspecting woman to resign from her job and hand over her savings to them. Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele says the men promised to invest the money on her behalf and it would gain massive returns.

Trusting the men, the Vryheid resident handed over her cash and was given a safe. Expecting to receive the promised return on her investment, she instead found the safe filled with counterfeit cash and papers.

Colonel Mbele says a case of theft was then opened at Ladysmith Police Station for investigation.

Recently, police officers from Uthukela Cluster and Vryheid tracked the seven suspects down. Arresting the men, they are now facing charges of being in the possession of suspected stolen property.

The police officers also confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash, counterfeit money, 15 cellphones, a laptop, various bank cards and two new vehicles.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula applauds the investigating officers for arresting the suspects. However, Lieutenant General Jula encourages people to refrain from trusting strangers with their money.

Well done to the officers involved in the arrest.

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