Bogus 'sanitising and fogging' scam hits businesses in Cape Town

Small businesses in Cape Town have apparently fallen victim to scammers who claim to be operating sanitising businesses.
SPRITZ BLITZ Small businesses in Cape Town have apparently fallen victim to scammers who claim to be operating sanitising businesses.
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Small businesses are being scammed by people posing as sanitising and fogging companies who can protect them and their clients from Covid-19 as the virus continues to spread in Cape Town.

“It is really sad, but not unsurprising that unscrupulous individuals would go around, targeting small businesses in this manner,” said the city’s mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.

“The lockdown earlier this year has already severely impacted on many businesses, and so to have them exploited in this manner on top of the hardships already experienced is downright criminal,” he said on Wednesday.

“We have had reports of this service being offered to businesses in Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Bonteheuwel, and Pelican Park. We appeal to business owners to come forward so that we can determine the extent of this issue.”

He said business owners unsure about how to ensure their establishment presented a low risk of exposure to staff and clients, could contact their local environmental health office for advice and guidance.

“However, as Covid-19 is spread through droplets on both surfaces and in the air, the best plan of action is to ensure regularly cleaning of all surfaces and to ensure that clients and staff wear masks at all times. In addition, maintaining social distancing is crucial, as well as hand sanitising for all persons entering the premises and ensuring sufficient ventilation and airflow,” he said.

“I also want to appeal to the public to support their local businesses by ensuring that they do their bit in adhering to Covid-19 protocols when out shopping, particularly as we head into the home straight before Christmas.”

He said the city had launched a compliance hotline, which could be accessed by calling 021 444 3528.

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