Be alert when using money transfers grocery stores

When depositing money at Shoprite or Spar you expect the person you are sending the money to (receiver) to get the money, but what happens when the receiver says the money has already been withdrawn somewhere else out of town? One may ask themselves is that even possible and the answer is YES it is very possible, this is what we call money sending scams.

Not so long ago a mother from Witbank sent her son money via Shoprite money market and was shocked when her son asked her why she gave him voucher numbers that have been used.

“My son was told that the money was withdrawn at Shoprite in West Street, Durban and I was confused because I had just sent him the numbers with the pin a few minutes ago” cited the mother.

The frustrating part was that I didn’t tell anyone besides my son the voucher pin, she continued .She then went back to Shoprite and spoke with the teller who assisted her and the teller acted like she didn’t know what had happened. The mother then spoke to the store manager who gave her the name and ID number of the person who withdrew the money and advised her to open a case with the perpetrators ID number. On her way to the police station the mother received a phone call from the tell asking her not to go to the police station as her brother in Durban will get into trouble, she apologised to the mother and told her that she will ask her brother to send the money back.

These are some of the comments that were posted on facebook about this scam.

The mother posted this incident on facebook and to her surprise alot of people commented on being victims of such a scam and most of them never received their monies back. It is shocking that more than 80% of the comments were people’s testimonies of this scam.

Please report such things and make them known so that the culprits will be punished.

Has anyone you know been a victim of such a scam here in Dundee? Comment and let us know

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Fathima Zubane
Journalist

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