The victim was lured all the way to Richards Bay to buy the platinum and ended up empty handed after delivery of the precious metal did not materialise.
A 39-year-old man from KwaZulu-Natal was reportedly conned out of R15 000 by tricksters who led him to believe that he was buying a bar of platinum.
Police in the province have warned the public to be aware of such scams which involve the illegal activity of handing over money for precious metals and stones.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said that the victim was lured from Durban to Richards Bay as part of a deal to buy the platinum.
“The man was shown a bar which he was told contained platinum. When negotiations were done, the victim handed over the money and afterward he was given orders to wait for the product in a mall,” Nqobile said in a statement.
“The delivery did not materialise and when he tried to contact the fraudsters, their phones were switched off. A case of theft by false pretenses was opened for further investigation.”
Police are warning the public to stay away from people who want to con them out of their money through various scams.
“It is equally disturbing to find that members of the public are willing to hand over their money to people who claim to be involved in illegal activities such as dealing in precious metals and stones. This warning has been issued because police officials are swamped with cases of this nature.”
Provincial police urged the public to contact their local police or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 if they are approached by con artists.
– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Lindiz van Zilla