Elderly woman robbed of cash and bank card

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A case of robbery is being investigated after an elderly woman was robbed by two people claiming to be police officers.
It is alleged that the victim had withdrawn a cash amount of R3, 000 from an ATM before being followed by two suspects who approached her.
The suspects allegedly told her that they were police officers and she must get into their vehicle as she is a witness to one of their cases.
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While in the vehicle, the suspects demanded the cash that she had withdrawn.
They also asked her for her bank card and pin code. In fear, the woman gave them the cash, code and card.
They thereafter asked her to exit the vehicle.

She immediately made her way to the bank to cancel her card and was informed that a further amount of R5, 000 had been withdrawn.
Communications officer of Verulam SAPS, Cpt Henry Kisten, said he is warning the public to refrain from withdrawing large amounts of cash and walking around with it.
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“They must at all times be wary of people around them and be secretive of their pin code. The elderly are seen as soft targets by criminals. Family members of the elderly should assist when withdrawing cash and making any kind of payments at the ATM,” he said. 
“The festive season is approaching and criminals will observe and rob people who are soft targets, especially the elderly, often posing as police officials, employees from Telkom or the eThekweni Municipality to commit these crimes,” he added.
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