Vryheid SAPS’ Tracing Team brings fraud syndicate down

W/o VD Mwelase, w/o JM Khumalo, w/o MW Ntansi and Sgt PM Ndebele are not here to play.

 

VRYHEID SAPS may be well on their way towards closing off the recent surge in fraud cases.This follows an arrest where three suspects were arrested in connection with a fraud case where they lured a man into depositing large sums of money into their account under the impression that they would make him a successful entrepreneur.

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The suspects are believed to be part of a fraud syndicate that recently took the town by storm.

According to reports, the man was told to deposit R36 800, followed by R100 000, then R15 000 and lastly R9000. When he grew suspicious about the deal, he went and reported the case to the Vryheid police station and a case was opened on December 20.

After tireless work from Vryheid’s Tracing Team, the local SAPS were able to arrest their first suspect. A woman, who was the owner of the account to which the money was being deposited, was found in the Mkangala area in Mzimkhulu.

Warrant Officer’s JM Khumalo, MW Ntanzi, VD Mwelase and Sergeant PM Ndebele set off to Johannesburg to seek out two more suspects in connection with this case.

The two men, who are foreign nationals, were found in the suburban parts of Jo’burg, living, what was described as a lavish lifestyle.

A red Mercedes Benz, a Macbook and four cellphones were confiscated during the arrest of the ‘kingpin’ of the entire syndicate, who was caught in the Randburg area through cellphone tracking.

The man was also found to be in possession of a cellphone that uses four simcards as well as a wallet with two FNB gold cards (with South African surnames), which are believed to have been obtained fraudulently.

Despite having struggled to get the men to comply, as one of them tried to escape, the Vryheid team was able to get them back to Vryheid, where they were charged and appeared in court on Monday, January 22.

“These men are using desperate women, whom they persuade to open these business accounts, promising them a cut of the money they obtain fraudulently. We urge the community to not help these criminals further perpetrate their work and to steer clear of these tenders that sound too good to be true.

So next time fraudsters try to tempt you with an offer that sounds too good to be true, ‘who you gonna call?’ The Vryheid tracing team? Right on!

  AUTHOR
Sine Thwala

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