Pensioners warned after alleged bogus mine officials defraud miner of R100 000

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Police in Welkom have launched a manhunt after three suspects allegedly defrauded a retired mine worker of R100 000.

On 1 April 2019 at about 08:00 a 59-year-old retired mine worker of Harmony Mine was at his residence in Rheeders Park, Welkom, when he was approached by two male persons and a woman. They were neatly dressed in formal attire, and introduced themselves as mine officials from Harmony Mine.

“They produced a document that showed the particulars of the retired miner and claimed that he did not receive all his money and they were there to arrange for him to obtain all that was due to him. They then requested him to sign the document and he signed. They wanted his bank statement and drove together using their vehicle a grey Renault, 2019 model with registration number HV93 HKGP to obtain the bank statement,” explained police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng.

“The African woman talked with another person indicating to him that he can deposit the money. The cellular phone clicked with an amount of R419 000 as they claimed that he was supposed to get R319 000. Then they said that a mistake had occurred and that the miner must refund them R100 000. That how he was defrauded,” added Thakeng.

Pensioners are urged not to believe anyone coming to their residence but they should rather personally go to their previous place of employment should they have any enquiries regarding their retirement.

A case of fraud was registered. Should anyone have information leading to the arrests of these three fraudsters, contact Detective Sergeant Malefetsane Tilo of the Welkom Detective Services at 057-391-6275 during office hours or 083-268-0908.