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POLICE in Tzaneen, Limpopo, have charged a 26-year-old alleged alleged conman after he got desperate getting job-seekers to part with their cash.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday after some of his victims laid a charge of theft at the local police station.
The suspect, pretending to be an agent for various businesses in Tzaneen, defrauded more than five job-seekers of between R600 and R1200 each.
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Police say the suspect promised the victims that they would be offered jobs at Sasko, Sunbake and Pick n Pay stores if they paid him money.
Tzaneen police spokesperson Captain Simon Shikwambana said the suspect operated in Letsitele, Ritavi and Tzaneen under different names, in some instances he was known as "Simon" and elsewhere as "Mushwana".
According to Shikwambana, the alleged victims realised that they were being defrauded after they approached the companies and were told there were no such jobs.
The suspect was due to appear in the Tzaneen magistrate's court later yesterday.
This is the secondsimilar incident in the Tzaneen area in the past two months.
Last month, another conman defrauded more than 35 people of cash of up to R3000 each by promising them jobs in Telkom.
Shikwambana has appealed to people who have fallen victim to any con artists to report at any police station with their information.