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Lauren Beukes
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20 Oct 2017
9:47 am

Conmen posing as Ethekwini reps extort money from Durban storm victims

Lauren Beukes

Residents are urged to be wary of this criminal behaviour, and to note that no payments are needed for them to be assisted.

Allegations of fraud against a Centurion husband and wife have surfaced.

Residents affected by the Durban storm on Tuesday, October 10, are warned not to give money to anyone who claims they are from eThekwini municipality, Southlands Sun reports.

“There are individuals out there posing as eThekwini officials who have been sent by the mayor to register people affected by the recent storms. It is alleged these culprits charge vulnerable people a fee for the alleged registration,” warns mayoral spokesman Mthunzi Gumede.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Durban waterlogged

The municipality condemned this behaviour, and assured the public that no payment was required for them to receive any assistance from government.

Residents are urged to be wary of this criminal behaviour and be cautious when allowing people into their homes.

Those whose homes have been damaged by the storm are encouraged to report matters to their councillor or call the disaster management centre on 031-367-0039 during office hours. The city’s number to report emergencies to is 031-361-0000.

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UPDATE: Durban waterlogged

– Caxton News Service

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