Tshwane ‘online scammers’ set to appear in court

Tshwane ‘online scammers’ set to appear in court

Police in Gauteng have arrested seven alleged online scammers on Wednesday.

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Their arrests come after police acted on a tip-off by a community member.

It is reported that the seven scammers have terrorised unsuspecting customers who were looking for vehicles and goods on Facebook Market Place and Gumtree respectively.

The group would put pictures of vehicles on social media for sale and lure potential buyers to an isolated location where they take their belongings and money meant to buy the “vehicles”.

“The suspects were found in possession of police uniform, four firearms of which two were fake and  live rounds of ammunition as well as nine cell phones,” says police spokesperson Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi.

“A preliminary investigation indicated that, in all the cases opened around Rietgat and Loate policing precinct, the suspects were armed and demanded belongings and money of victims through pointing of firearm.”

The suspects are expected to appear in the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court in due course.


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