Joburg scammer arrested in possession of goods rate R500K
PRETORIA – Items rate around R500,000 enjoy been confiscated by the police after an alleged online scammer became arrested in Florida, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) said on Friday.
“On Thursday afternoon, JMPD officers spotted a male carrying an unknown merchandise under his arm impending participants of the general public. Officers was suspicious and approached the particular person, figuring out themselves,” said JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla.
At some level of questioning by the JMPD officers, the particular person said he became promoting his notebook computer to elevate money to pay the rent.
“After asking loads of questions it became discovered that the particular person became in actuality lying and officers searched him, discovering an airgun in his possession. Extra inspection became conducted, which resulted in the particular person’s space in the Florida condominium,” said Fihla.
The South African Police Provider (SAPS) became called to the scene.
“A search became conducted at the particular person’s space and officers discovered that the suspect is most ceaselessly a credit card and online scammer. A form of bank cards and banking little print from different banks enjoy been rate in his condominium,” said Fihla.
“The FNB fraud investigation diagram of job became contacted and to boot they attended the scene to verify the findings. There enjoy been other various items discovered that enjoy been bought fraudulently online. All confiscated goods enjoy an estimated mark of R500,000 and this became booked in at Florida SAPS.”
Fihla said the suspect became detained for possession of suspected stolen property, contravening the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and possession of a duplicate firearm.
“The case became transferred to the Johannesburg industrial crimes investigation unit for additional investigation,” he said.
African News Agency