Sandton Police issue warning

 

Sandton Police Station has issued a warning to the community about scams and cases of perjury which have recently come to light.

Constable David Mothapo, spokesperson for Sandton Police Station, said people need to become more aware of scammers when using popular e-commerce sites such as Gumtree.

“There have been cases where the buyer meets with the seller to view an item and the buyer is asked for a deposit and will receive the item at a later date. The seller then disappears with the money and the item is never sent,” said Mothapo.

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According to the spokesperson, people will often pay for an item even before they have viewed it and the seller will steal their money.

“People should not pay for items beforehand, and always meet in public crowded places when meeting with sellers.”

Mothapo said another issue that the police are facing is the reporting of false crimes. “It is often people reporting a crime of theft for insurance purposes and, upon investigation, it is found that people state that items were stolen which is not true and is considered fraud. The community should be aware that opening a false case is a crime of perjury. If a person lies under oath they can be arrested and prosecuted.”

Details: Sandton Police Station 011 722 4200.

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