There is apparently a fake housing allocation letter circulating around the Western Cape promising residents an RDP house in exchange for R5000.
Reports of a fake housing allocation letter being circulated around the Western Cape are being investigated according to Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Tertius Simmers.
The letter apparently uses the City of Cape Town’s expanded public works helpdesk landline number and is dated 1 July 2019.
It further states the recipient will be awarded a government-constructed house after paying an amount in the region of R5000, which mirrors many popular scams being conducted around the world.
The actual wording of the letter is something to the effect of: “Please be advised that you have been allocated a house by the Department of Housing for our project for the lower income scale….an amount of R5250 is payable ASAP…”
It is also apparently signed by a so-called project manager by the name of Melanie Koen.
Minister Simmers’ office noted the rumours that such a letter was doing the rounds with deep concern.
“I’ve instructed my department to launch a full investigation into this matter, as we cannot allow bogus characters to fraudulently use our government to advance their criminal activities,” Simmers said in a statement.
“I will also be opening a criminal case at the Cape Town Central Police Station so that the perpetrators can be arrested and face the full might of the law.
“These unscrupulous characters are preying on people’s vulnerabilities, as they know there are many desperate residents that are in need of a housing opportunity.”
Residents who suspect fraudulent activities are encouraged to contact the helpdesk on 021 483 6488/0611, as well as their local police office to report these individuals.
Often with scams and fraudulent behaviour, it is attention to detail that can give them away. For example, there is no such thing as the Department of Housing.
So, before you hand over any money or information to anyone, make sure you are 100% certain the offer is legitimate. Especially if it seems to good to be true.
“I’d also like to urge all citizens who need housing assistance from the government, to register at their local housing office. Residents that are already registered should ensure that their details are up to date, particularly if contact information has changed since registration,” Simmers added.
“We remain committed to accelerating human settlement delivery while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open society.”