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Man scammed of R520 000

The following day the victim went to the bank to collect all the money in his account. A total of R520 000 was allegedly given to the suspect.

A man alleged to have scammed someone into giving him R520 000 in 2012 was traced and arrested in Benoni last week.

Constable Mpho Mashakane, the Cleveland SAPS communications officer, said a man who was not feeling well alleged he went to see a “traditional healer” in Tooronga Street in Malvern in October 2012.

“He saw the details of the ‘sangoma’ on a flyer. On arrival, the suspect asked the man about his finances. The suspect told the victim he could make him rich, but he must withdraw all the money in his account and bring it to him,” said Const Mashakane.

The following day the victim went to the bank to collect all the money in his account. A total of R520 000 was allegedly given to the suspect. “The victim, a Denver Hostel resident, was told to go home and come back the next day. The following day he was given a safe and the keys to it, but was told not to open it there as he would make the ancestors angry. The man who believed he was carrying millions took the safe home,” said Const Mashakane.

When he arrived home, he attempted to open the safe but failed. After several attempts, he opened it and found papers inside.

“He tried to phone the suspect but the call went to voicemail. When he went back to Tooronga Street, he found that the suspect had moved and no one knew where he went to,” said Const Mashakane.

A case of theft under false pretences was opened at the Cleveland SAPS.

Police officers made a breakthrough on March 6.

“The suspect was found and arrested in the Benoni CBD. He was running the same operation. Thousands of pamphlets identical to the one given to the victim were found in his room. The pamphlets had ‘Dr Baker and Mama Zaina’ written on them,” said Const Mashakane.

The man was arrested and charged.

He will appear in court soon.

Const Mashakane urged people to be careful of scam artists and not to trust people with their finances.

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