Pen­sion­ers tar­geted in wa­ter re­bate scam

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THE eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has been made aware of a scam that is tar­get­ing pen­sion­ers in which they are phoned by peo­ple pre­tend­ing to be mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials of­fer­ing a re­bate on wa­ter me­ters.

The caller is­sues a ref­er­ence num­ber to res­i­dents and in­forms them that they will be con­tacted by an­other of­fi­cial in the next few days, dur­ing which time a form will need to be com­pleted and signed to qual­ify for the re­bate.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s spokesper­son, Mandla Nsele, con­firmed there was no such process nor would cus­tomers be asked to make on-the-spot cash pay­ments.

The only re­bate of­fered by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is a rates re­bate, he said, adding that prop­erty own­ers qual­ify for the re­bate on their pri­mary prop­erty when they turn 60.

“Cus­tomers are urged to be vig­i­lant to avoid fall­ing prey to crim­i­nals pos­ing as mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees. Any rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will have an ID tag with a pho­to­graph or ID or em­ployee num­ber with the mu­nic­i­pal logo.

“If res­i­dents are sus­pi­cious, they can con­tact our toll free num­ber 080 311 11 11 or call the City In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit on 0800 20 20 20 or visit http://cor­re­spon­dence.dur­ban.gov. za:200/ or their near­est po­lice sta­tion.”

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