Fraud­u­lent driver’s li­cences and job scam ex­posed

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Welling­ton Mak­wakwa

A DRIVER’S li­cence scam in the re­gion rob­bing many vic­tims of their last cents has been un­cov­ered.

An­gry vic­tims, mainly from Dumisani Makhaye Vil­lage, have lodged crim­i­nal charges against the al­leged con artist.

The 26-year-old man ap­par­ently promised many res­i­dents jobs, driver’s li­cences and even com­pany reg­is­tra­tions, pro­vided they paid a R3 000 fee to his com­pany.

‘He said we would get free learner’s li­cences af­ter pay­ing him his fee.

‘These li­cences were sup­posed to se­cure jobs as ed­u­ca­tors in his com­pany, Iz­im­pande De­vel­op­ment,’ said a fe­male vic­tim.

‘We are strug­gling and the prom­ises of jobs ap­peared attractive. Most of us raised the money and paid it into his bank ac­count, happy with the prospects of bet­ter things to come.

‘But when it was time for us to re­ceive driv­ing lessons and jobs, he had many ex­cuses.

‘He would say the car had prob­lems or that is­sues had to be set­tled within the com­pany and asked for our pa­tience.

‘We then went to his ad­dress but had the shock of our lives when we dis­cov­ered it was a res­i­den­tial home be­long­ing to an un­known man.

‘We also checked the com­pany, only to find he was not part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the com­pany had no idea about any li­cence op­er­a­tions,’ they said.

Af­ter cases were opened against the con­man at the Em­pan­geni po­lice sta­tion, Iz­im­pande De­vel­op­ment dis­tanced them­selves from the scam.

‘He is not a mem­ber of our com­pany. He came to us want­ing to join the com­pany, but was re­fused,’ said com­pany’s co-founder, Gabi Xulu.

Iz­im­pande De­vel­op­ment said they are also seek­ing le­gal ad­vice and will take ac­tion against the con­man.

King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son Capt Mbon­geni Md­lalose con­firmed sev­eral cases of fraud have been opened.

Even though vic­tims claim the man was ar­rested dur­ing a sting op­er­a­tion last week, Md­lalose could not con­firm this.

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