Woman conned out of R4200 by on­line ‘friend’

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

THE Ko­mani po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of on­line fraud af­ter a woman was al­legedly conned out of R4200 by a man she met on a dat­ing site.

The 32-year-old woman, who de­clined to be named for fear of vic­tim­i­sa­tion, said she met the man, who goes by the name Tony Scott, from Eng­land, on­line in De­cem­ber.

“Ear­lier this month he told me he wanted to visit the coun­try and asked me to book ac­com­mo­da­tion and a ve­hi­cle. I said I would get quotes so he could pay elec­tron­i­cally.

“He told me he worked for an oil rig com­pany and would not be able to make pay­ments and that he only had a cash de­posit box and log-in de­tails for a bank, but could not make an EFT pay­ment from that ac­count.

“He said he would send me the money via a courier com­pany in a box with a lap­top and other things to thank me for hav­ing helped him with the ar­range­ments.

“He told me to track the par­cel and the next day I saw that it had ar­rived at OR Tambo in­ter­na­tional air­port. An hour later I re­ceived a mes­sage telling me the par­cel would be cleared af­ter I make a R4200 pay­ment.

“I con­tacted the courier com­pany to ask why I had to pay to col­lect the par­cel. I was told that they could not get hold of Scott and the par­cel would be con­fis­cated if the money was not paid.”

The woman bor­rowed the money from her aunt and de­posited it into a bank ac­count held by a Jurie Earl De­lano. She con­tacted the courier com­pany again via e-mail and was told it was il­le­gal to send money from one county to an­other and there­fore she would have to pay for a diplo­matic tag which amounted to R12800.

She was sent an ac­count num­ber held by a Tsepiso Mat­lawe but be­came sus­pi­cious be­cause there were too many peo­ple in­volved and she re­ported it to the po­lice.

SAPS spokes­woman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni said a case of fraud had been opened and po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The East­ern Cape was plagued by cases of on­line fraud and peo­ple needed to be vig­i­lant when chat­ting to strangers and not give out their per­sonal de­tails.

“Late last year a woman from Whit­tle­sea was de­frauded of R430 000 of her pen­sion money by her for­eign lover in the hope that it would be dou­bled. Peo­ple need to use cred­i­ble ways of in­vest­ing their money and not trust peo­ple they hardly know.”

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