Police have warned the public to be aware of online scams. Image: Pixabay

Police warning the public of online SCAMS after several robberies

After several people were robbed, an urgent warning was issued to the general public to be wary of online scams


Police have warned the public to be aware of online scams. Image: Pixabay

Police in the North West province is warning members of the community to exercise caution when responding to social media advertisements as criminals are using numerous strategies to tick people into falling for their scams.

Numerous incidents of scams on social media

The warning is in response to numerous scam incidents involving social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Advertisements have been circulating in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District since the beginning of December.

In one of the incidents reported on Tuesday, 13 December 2022, a 35-year-old victim saw a Facebook advertisement for a kombi.

He made contact with the advertiser, who claimed to be the legal owner.

A meeting was set up in Klerksdorp, where the prospective buyer met the seller and test-drove the vehicle.

The buyer agreed to pay R91 000 for the kombi the next day and meet the seller in Wolmaransstad to finalise the transaction.

The buyer met the seller in Wolmaransstad with a friend and took the kombi for a second test drive.

They pulled over and gave a lift to seven men, who eventually overpowered the buyer and his friend.

They tied them up, and robbed them of cash and cell phones before dropping them off in Wolmaransstad.

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Man robbed after responding to ad for goats

Another incident reported in Makwassie involved a 42-year-old victim who communicated with a potential goat seller after seeing his advertisement on social media.

The men agreed to meet in the morning of Wednesday, 28 December.

The prospective buyer met four suspects in Boskuil, who overpowered him and robbed him of his phone and cash.

The public is urged to be wary of social media advertisements.

They are asked to contact the nearest police station if they become suspicious.

They are also advised not to carry large amounts of cash or pay money in cash during transactions, but rather to use an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

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