Water scam con artist arrested

Warrant Officer Matthews Nkoadi Photo: Supplied

A fraudster claiming to work for the Rand water foundation was recently arrested.

The man and his accomplices were believed to have been conning residents of Ga-Rankuwa out of their money, by promising to cancel their outstanding water bills.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Nkoadi said the fraudsters visited homes and claimed to work for the water supply company.

“The suspects produced a Rand water identification card, and then demand money in exchange of cancelling the water bill owed by unsuspecting residents. About 10 victims were defrauded with the same modus operandi in the past few months. The amount of money stolen (per victim) ranged from R500 to R4 000,” he said.

“The 29-year-old suspect who was arrested… for frequently robbing residents around Ga-Rankuwa is expected to appear in Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court again today [26 February] for a formal bail application, after he briefly appeared in court on 19 February.”

Residents are warned to guard against such fraudsters, Nkoadi said.

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