- The Hawks arrested three con artists who scammed a woman over R200 000 for a spiritual cleansing
- The woman reported the fake "sangomas" to The Hawks when she realised that she has been scammed
- South Africans were warned by the Hawks to be extra careful when it comes to spiritual and traditional practices as scammers use these to lure in unsuspecting victims
The Hawks arrested three alleged con artists for taking advantage of people's spiritual beliefs. The suspects aged between 31 and 39 were arrested in Centurion, Pretoria on Thursday according to Hawks spokesperson Luitenant-Colonel Philani Nkwalase.
The three suspects scammed a 40-year-old government employee, who responded to their advertisement for people who were seeking permanent employment and financial stability.
"She was allegedly invited for a spiritual cleansing consultation for which she paid R1000. She was later convinced to come back for more cleansing," said Nkwalase.
The victim then proceeded to withdraw her savings of over R200 000 in cash. She gave this money to the "sangomas" in the hopes that her ancestors would multiply her money into millions. The woman then realised that she was scammed and then reported the matter to The Hawks in Gauteng. The Hawks then acted swiftly.
The Hawks appealed to the public to be extra careful when coming to traditional practices and sangomas. This is because scammers use this to lure in unsuspecting victims.
The arrested fraudsters are going to appear in the Pretoria Central Magistrates' Court on Monday on the charges of fraud.
Social media users were impressed with the number of arrests The Hawks have been making of late.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that The Hawks made four arrests on suspects implicated in 2010 World Cup fraud. The Hawks are very busy lately, they have arrested two suspects who were linked to alleged fraudulent activities during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. In addition, a former KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner, as well as a captain in the police, have told the police they will hand themselves in on Monday.
The two who have already been arrested are Thoshan Panday, a Durban businessman, and police Colonel Navin Madhoe. According to SABC, the arrests are linked to a R47-million tender from the Soccer World Cup which was hosted in South Africa.
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