A case of fraud was opened at Verulam SAPS following a hoax advert used to scam a Verulam resident of R17, 000.
It is alleged by the victim that he saw an advertisement in a newspaper on the sale of a motor vehicle.
The victim contacted the seller and was asked to deposit a sum of R17, 000 into the seller’s account so the vehicle could be delivered to him.
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The money was deposited and the victim waited but no vehicle was delivered.
When the victim realised, he had been scammed he reported the incident to Verulam SAPS where a case of fraud was opened and is currently under investigation.
Cpt Henry Kisten, communications officer of Verulam SAPS, said, “Despite numerous warnings to the public in the past about about hoax adverts, people continue to fall victim to these scams. We are once again warning the community, before making any purchases that is advertised on websites or newspapers they must check the validity of the seller and his banking details before depositing any money into the seller’s account.”