Bothasig police would like to inform members of the public regarding information received on 1 March.
SAPS Bothasig was contacted by a resident from Edgemead who wanted to remain anonymous, but wanted to share the information with the rest of the public.
According to the resident she was contacted one morning by someone posing as her domestic workers’ brother who informed her that the domestic worker had died as a result of a heart attack. However during the conversation the caller indicated that he was actually the husband of her domestic worker.
The resident informed the caller that she had actually spoken to the husband on numerous occasions and that she was certain that he was in fact not her husband, after which he disconnected the call. She then contacted the domestic workers phone and actually spoke to her husband who indicated that his wife was alive and kicking.
The resident then went onto the internet and ascertained that this type of scam is known about and informed SAPS about it in order to prevent other residents falling prey to this.
SAPS Bothasig advises residents to verify all facts when such types of calls, or sms’s are received, especially in cases where you are informed of having won money in a competition (which you did not enter). Do not give out any personal information over the phone which can be used to defraud you. As the saying goes, if it is too good to be true, it probably is!