FRAUDSTER pretending to a SAPS Captain sought by police

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Berea police in Durban are warning community members to be careful of a fraudster pretending to be a Captain at the SAPS. The person uses a police officer’s photograph to solicit ‘donations’ from the public for an NPO.

BEWARE OF A FRAUDSTER PRETENDING TO BE A POLICE OFFICER

According to police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, the fraudster contacts businesses pretending to be a Captain in the police service and claims that he works with a non-profit organisation.

“His modus operandi is to claim that he has been let down by his sponsors at the last moment and he requires 85 loaves of bread to feed the poor,”

said Naicker.

He added that when the owner of the business agrees to the sponsorship, he forwards them a bank account number via WhatsApp. The fraudster uses a serving police officer’s picture as his profile picture to con the sponsor. 

Moreover, the fraudster does not provide the sponsor with his NPO registration details and insists on cash instead of collecting the bread when the sponsors make that suggestion. 

Police believe that this fake Captain has been operating in Ethekwini and surrounding areas.

POLICE REQUEST ASSISTANCE IN CATCHING THE FAKE CAPTAIN

Berea detectives are requesting the public’s assistance in locating the fraudster. 

“We are appealing to anyone who has been approached by this fraudster or knows of his identity to contact Captain Thamie Khoza from the Berea police station on 082 411 6408,”

said Naicker.

He further urges communities to be mindful of such scams and not to hand over cash to people that they have not met in person. 

He mentioned that people should always verify the details of charities whether they are registered or not, before making a donation.

PRISON VISITOR ARRESTED WITH DRUGS

Meanwhile, in unrelated incident, Eshowe police in Durban arrested a man visiting his friend who was arrested earlier for drug possession.

According to police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo, police were conducting crime prevention duties at King Dinuzulu Tuesday when they searched a man spotted on the road. 

“Police officers found 54 heroin capsules in his pocket. The suspect was arrested for possession of drugs and detained at the Eshowe police station,”

said Ngcobo.

She further said that in the evening the suspect’s friend arrived at the police station to visit him and bring him food as well as toiletries. 

Ngcobo added that the police officer inspected the items and discovered 94 heroin capsules hidden inside a loaf of bread. The man was questioned about the drugs and he begged the police officer to not arrest him. 

He then attempted to bribe the police officer but was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and bribery.

Moreover, the estimated value of the drugs is R6000.

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