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AN UNEMPLOYED Pietermaritzburg woman has fallen victim to a fraudster who promised her work.
The victim, who cannot be named to protect her identity, allegedly paid more than R3000 to a man she believed worked for the Department of Correctional Services to get her a job at the local prison.
The woman borrowed the money from friends and family, promising to pay them back once she got the job.
Police spokesman Hendry Budhram said the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit arrested a 35-year-old man in the city's business district after receiving a tip-off from his alleged victim.
Budhram said the arrest came after information was received that the suspect was impersonating a recruiting officer for the Department of Correctional Services.
"He would approach members of the public and promise them employment with the Department of Correctional Services after they paid him a fee," Budhram said.
"The fee would be in the range of R3000 with an option of it being paid in instalments."
When the woman told him she did not have the kind of money he asked for he said she could pay him in instalments.
The fraudster chose different pick-up points every time to receive the instalments.
When he refused to collect the money from her home the woman became convinced she had become the victim of a scam and alerted the police.
The police set a trap and when the "prisons official" came to collect the last instalment of R500 he was arrested.
Budhram said police believed there were other scam victims and urged them to come forward.
The police have also established that the suspect had never worked for the Department of Correctional Services and that he had collected money from several unsuspecting victims desperate for jobs, Budhram said.