A 72-year-old senior citizen was tricked into sending R500,000 into two separate accounts for a vehicle purchase, the 54-year-old fraudster from JHB, Midrand is now behind bars.
The fraudster approached the woman when she had shown an interest to purchase a vehicle. Invoices and account details were exchanged and a deposit was requested.
The agreed deposit amount was R1073 however the man managed to deposit R300,000 into a business account and then later transferred the remaining R200,000 to another account.
The woman immediately contacted the Police and The Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation launched an investigation.
The investigation led them to discover that the company nor address provided was valid, the investigation team then requested both accounts holding the money to be frozen.
The teams are still investigating the case and the man remains in custody.
“It is disheartening to see how crooks are targeting the elderly. We shall also be focussing on the legal status of the individual into the country,” said Lieutenant General Lebeya.
“Meanwhile, the team managed to seize cell phones, sim cards and a storage device from the suspect for further processing. He is expected to appear in the Midrand Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 facing charges of fraud and money laundering.” said Brig Hangwani Mulaudzi