Hunt for fake officer continues

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Police are still searching for a fake Pretoria officer who defrauded motorists in Pretoria at the end of last year.

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Brooklyn police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said the person phoned motorists who had reported their cars stolen or hijacked to tell them the car had been recovered and could be collected after a release payment had been made.

Weilbach said after payment, the officer vanished and his phone number was no longer active.

“Sometimes the so-called ‘police officer’ asks for airtime to call back after all arrangements [for collection] were finalised,” she said.

Weilbach said several cases of fraud had been reported to police stations in Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Lyttelton, Pretoria Moot, Villieria, Sunnyside and Silverton.

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She said there had been no reports of the con continuing this year, but police were investigating and doing everything to get to the bottom of this, especially to establish how the person obtained the victims’ details.

Weilbach said when a stolen vehicle was recovered, the owner was invited to go to the pound along with proof of ownership.

“No payment is required by the police pound,” she said.

Weilbach said the owner could also appoint an insurance company to collect the vehicle from the pound if there was any damage to the vehicle.

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She urged residents to assist the police in fighting fraud and corruption.

“Report any suspicious person or vehicle [especially without number plates] to the police immediately by phoning the 10111 emergency number.”

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