Conman targets retired government officials
The man tells them that the pension money paid to them is too little and promises to assist them rectify the "mistake"
POLICE in Limpopo have cautioned pensioners in Modimolle - formerly Nylstroom - to be careful of a conman masquerading as a government official with promises to assist them with their pension monies.
This follows three incidents in which former government officials going on pension were conned of their monies.
It is said the man, who is said to drive a white BMW sedan, would approach retired and unsuspecting government officials and offer to assist them to claim their pension funds. The alleged conman claimed to be working for the departments of health, transport and labour.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said the man would claim the monies paid to the pensioners was too little and promises to assist them rectify the "mistake".
"The suspect's modus operandi is that he advises the unsuspecting pensioners to withdraw their monies from their banking accounts and deposit it into another account while he is finalising documentation to claim more money," Ramatseba said.
The man would then disappear with the monies.
So far the man had managed to con three pensioners, one of whom lost R179,000.
"We are dealing with three cases which involve huge amounts of money. In one case a pensioner was conned of R179,000, the other of R100,000 and a third lost her R45,000. This is a scam which requires people to be vigilant," he said.
He further warned people, especially pensioners, to avoid entering into deals of any nature with strangers.
Ramatseba said investigations into the man's activities were being carried out and further called on anyone with information about the man's whereabouts to contact Warrant Officer Masoka Seabela on 073-459-9937.