Man scams residents in the west

Residents in the west of Pretoria have warned about a scam artist who finds communal accommodation to rob.

After securing the accommodation, the man moves in and a few days later, cleans the house out.

Elandspoort resident, Koos Mostert said he offered the man a roof over his head at his home as a boarder.

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“He was here for a few days then suddenly disappeared,” said Mostert.

“A few days after I realised that some of my property was missing.

“I took a look on my security cameras and saw the man coming into my property. He even had the keys.”

Mostert said that this happened last week.

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According to Mostert, he had found other residents who had also fallen victim to the man’s scam.

“The man have been seen all around the west of Pretoria from Danville to Phillip Nel Park,” he said.

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Mostert said he would round up all the man’s victims on Thursday so they could go to the police station together to open a case.

At the time of going to print, the police had not responded to a request for comment on the Pretoria West scam but provided the following tips against general scams:

– Never respond to email or cellphone text instructions seemingly from your bank to update your security information. The scammer’s intention is to direct you to bogus site, use phishing malware to obtain your security information

– Never share or write down your online ID, password or PIN

– Do not save your internet banking password on your desktop

– Never leave your computer, laptop or any other device while your banking log-ins are still active; preferably, never use a public device to access your bank account

– Always log off at the end of your banking session

– Avoid doing Internet banking in public areas such as Internet cafés

– Change your PIN and passwords regularly

– Set sensible transaction limits for your accounts

– Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies, and

– If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.

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