A primary school educator got robbed by a scammer who introduced himself to her as a medical doctor.
RUSA spokesperson Prem Barlim said the woman had contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) requesting help.
Barlim added that: “She explained that during October 2022, she met the man while shopping in Ballito, KZN. They began a conversation where he introduced himself as a medical doctor. “They exchanged contact details and have been chatting on WhatsApp since.”
The woman revealed that during the conversations, he informed her that he was in need of a part-time employee. The work-from-home position involved data capture and only required the applicant to possess a laptop and cellphone of their own.
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“The female informed him that she had an interest in the position and was in need of additional income.” They agreed to meet in a parking lot near a private hospital in Ballito, KZN. During their meeting, he told her that he would need a laptop and cellphone to register a Google account. She handed it over to him and saw him enter the hospital. “After waiting for about 20 minutes, the victim went into the hospital in search of the doctor but was unable to find him,” Barlim further added.
She posted her incident on social media, and other individuals who were also robbed by the man through this same method have contacted her. These victims, however, do not have any registered criminal cases.
According to the victims’ descriptions, the suspect is a smooth talker with amazingly good looks.