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North West police warn of police imposters demanding money

RUSTENBURG, July 23  – North West police on Sunday warned the public to beware of criminals posing as police officers.
“Several incidents in which cash was demanded from the victims were reported between March and June 2017 at various places,” said Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone.
In one of the incidents in June, a person pretending to be a police officer in Pretoria called a complainant and informed him that his vehicle had been recovered.
“The caller then demanded R1000 payment. The complainant only realised that he was conned when he made a follow-up about his recovered car. By then he had already transferred R300 to the conman through money market,” Mokgwabone said.
He said police would not charge or demand any payment for investigation of crime or recovery of stolen items.
“Any person who claims to be a police officer and demands payment for investigation or any service must be reported at the nearest police station. Alternatively, the incident can be reported by calling the Crime Stop number 08600-10111.”
Meanwhile, detectives in North West arrested 320 suspects for various offences between Wednesday and Thursday.
“The suspects were arrested through a provincial detectives’ suspect raiding operation conducted at seven policing clusters in the province. Out of 320, 77 were arrested in Klerksdorp, 63 in Rustenburg, while 180 suspects were apprehended at five other clusters,” Mokgwabone said.

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