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Scammers prowling

Council has warned residents to be alert to an apparent scam, in which intruders gain access to homes and harm and rob the people in them.

It said this danger is doing the rounds in the metropole, after a scammer had tried to get access to premises in Bellville. The scammers usually work in pairs and urge would-be victims to open the door for infrastructure to be checked.

While one scammer talks to the resident the other steals small, personal items, including purses and cellphones. “They claim to need information so a discount on electricity costs for pensioners could be provided,” a City statement said.

Similar apparent scams were reported in the Helderberg and Parow earlier this year, with scammers targeting mostly the elderly. City employees and contractors can request admittance, but not without an appointment – only Revenue Protection staff can do so in cases of suspected meter tampering, but will provide a letter, confirming their visit.

Municipal workers and contractors must carry a work-order number for the dwelling and a City-issued identification card. Residents must ask to see the card before allowing anyone on their property.

V Report any suspicious behaviour to law enforcement, or verify with the City by phoning 0860 103 089.

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