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The police in Kleinvlei are urging people to keep their money where it is safest – in the bank.

This warning comes after at least two people were recently scammed out of millions of rands.

Captain Florina Muller, police spokesperson for the Kleinvlei police, says she cannot emphasise enough that people should beware of scammers. “Your money is the safest in the bank. No matter what anyone says, leave your money where it is,” warns Muller. '

Her warning comes after a woman from Blue Downs was conned out of R1.3 million after meeting a Kenyan man on a dating site called Black Magic. “The so-called boyfriend told the woman, who recently went on pension, that he imports cars from Japan to Durban.

He told the victim she must go with him into business which she intended to do, because they are partners. She was told to withdraw the money and on the same day withdrew at four Absa banks, in Parow, Bellville, Tygervalley and Zevenwacht Mall. She withdrew R300 000 twice and R200 000 twice,” he says.

The victim went with the man and a woman, he claimed to be his wife, to Parow so that the money could be “cleansed” by the ancestors. “The so-called boyfriend then told her that he had to go to Durban to sell his house and will return.

She phoned him the next day and he said he is busy packing up his stuff and then did not answer his phone again. The woman called the alleged mother who said her son was indeed packing up his belongings in Durban. That was the last time the victim heard anything from either of them,” says Muller.

Muller described it as a difficult case because the victim has no information on the suspect, not even a known address.

In another case, a pensioner from Blackheath played the lotto numbers which he found in Die Son. He played the six numbers he got from the person advertised in the said newspaper. Not one of his numbers appeared when the lottery was broadcasted and he was very disappointed. He phoned the number on the advert which was according to him also a foreigner

Muller says when the pensioner told the man on the phone that none of his predicted numbers appeared, the man asked him to come and see him in Parow.

“The suspect told him the reason it did not appear is because his house is bad luck. He must sell his house. The pensioner immediately put his house in the market and the victim stayed in contact with the suspect after his house was sold. The neighbours did not even know that the victim’s house was on sale, only when they saw the sold sign they realised it. The suspect then gave direction on how the money of the house will be collected and gave the pensioner a key of the house which they said to him is in Kuils River area. He was taken to Tyger Valley Centre to withdraw the money for the house – first R242 000 then R400 000 and handed it over to the suspect. The pensioner did not see the money again,” says Muller.

He says they urge people to use common sense when it comes to money.

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