The Directorate for Precedence Crime (DPCI), also called the Hawks, have warned civilians to be cautious of scammers who might pose as members of the elite crime-fighting unit, in a bid to earn a fast buck.
“When crime is dedicated and the suspects are arrested, scammers see a chance to become profitable by swindling the relations of the arrested individuals. The Directorate for Precedence Crime Investigation wish to warning the general public concerning the scammers who’re purporting to be members of the Hawks.,” mentioned Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke.
That is after the member of the family of a suspect who had been arrested by the Hawks on fraud prices, allegedly paid R100 000 to somebody masquerading as an official on the elite unit.
“This bogus Hawks member allegedly contacted the household of the accused individual and recognized himself as Enos from Severe Corruption Unit in Polokwane and demanded cash so as to squash the docket,” Maluleke additional mentioned.
Investigation into faux Hawks’ scammer underway
The Hawks mentioned that the sufferer bought the shock of their life upon realising that the matter was nonetheless on the courtroom roll, regardless of forking out the bribe cash to the supposed officer.
“After the cash was paid the relations of the accused turned stunned when the matter was positioned on the courtroom roll versus what they have been promised by the bogus Hawks member”
The matter was then reported to the actual Hawks which subsequently opened an investigation that’s nonetheless ongoing.
“While busy with the investigation, one other report about bogus Hawks member who was busy demanding cash from the household of one other totally different accused individual was acquired,” Maluleke mentioned.
With the festive season in full swing, criminals are all the time looking out for a possible sufferer. In mild of the current rip-off, the Hawks have referred to as on members of the general public to be on cautious and likewise inspired folks to report comparable incidents.
“The Directorate for Precedence Crime Investigation wish to inform the general public that no member of the Hawks is allowed to name relations of the arrested folks and demand cash for his or her freedom,” Maluleke added.
“In the event that they obtain such a name, they need to know that they’re about to be swindled and they’re requested to report back to the closest police station”