Joburg scammer arrested in possession of items worth R500K
By Jonisayi Maromo Nov 6, 2020
PRETORIA – Items worth around R500,000 were confiscated by the police after an alleged on-line scammer was as soon as arrested in Florida, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) mentioned on Friday.
“On Thursday afternoon, JMPD officers seen a male carrying an unknown merchandise below his arm drawing reach contributors of the general public. Officers was suspicious and approached the man, identifying themselves,” mentioned JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla.
During questioning by the JMPD officers, the man mentioned he was as soon as promoting his computer to raise money to pay the rent.
“After asking several questions it was as soon as found that the man was as soon as undoubtedly mendacity and officers searched him, finding an airgun in his possession. Further inspection was as soon as performed, which ended in the man’s space within the Florida space,” mentioned Fihla.
The South African Police Carrier (SAPS) was as soon as known as to the scene.
“A search was as soon as performed at the man’s space and officers found that the suspect will be a credit card and on-line scammer. Various bank cards and banking particulars from different banks were found in his home,” mentioned Fihla.
“The FNB fraud investigation put of dwelling of job was as soon as contacted and so they attended the scene to procure a examine the findings. There were different reasonably heaps of objects found that were purchased fraudulently on-line. All confiscated items procure an estimated trace of R500,000 and this was as soon as booked in at Florida SAPS.”
Fihla mentioned the suspect was as soon as detained for possession of suspected stolen property, contravening the Digital Communications and Transactions Act and possession of a replica firearm.
“The case was as soon as transferred to the Johannesburg commercial crimes investigation unit for extra investigation,” he mentioned.
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