Airtime conmen trick kind-hearted victims

Yet another scam is doing the rounds and this one involves swindling kind-hearted victims out of money for airtime.
There have been several incidents in recent weeks where various local business people, including tow truck companies and other businesses, that have been called for assistance only to be tricked into sending the scam artist money for airtime.
Preshu Singh said he was called last week by someone who said their vehicle needed to be towed from near Wasbank to Estcourt. He had called the police for help who in turn suggested he call Preshu.
“I gave him a price but found that his phone kept cutting. He apologised and said he was running out of airtime. He then asked if I could please send him R100 airtime so he could arrange with his son in Estcourt to meet the tow truck. I agreed, saying we could just add the R100 onto the total price. I sent him the airtime details and that’s the last I heard from him. His number never existed after that.”

In another incident, a transport company was tricked into sending airtime to a caller who asked for a quote on moving furniture. That caller too also ‘needed to make an urgent call but was running out of airtime’.
Residents are warned not to be conned by these smooth talking conmen!

Terry Worley

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