5 Zambians swindled R185,000 in SA
By Staff Reporter
Five Zambians have been swindled in South Africa of up to R185,000 in various online business transactions.
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa Naomi Nyawali says in a statement that the five were swindled on different occasions through the online payment system by unscrupulous people while trying to purchase various goods from South Africa.
Among those swindled include civil servants, farmers and businessmen.
According to the documentation made available to the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, one of the five people lost over R100, 000, which was paid for the purchase of a second hand John Deere tractor and trailer.
Others lost various amounts – R45, 000 in a motor vehicle transaction and R6000 for purchases of Turkey birds.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has expressed concern with the growing number of Zambians losing money to unscrupulous people.
Mwamba warned that cybercrime was real and the fraudsters were using social media and internet infrastructure to dupe and defraud.
He said that the Mission was overwhelmed with reports of Zambians being swindled while trying to purchase goods from that country.
Mwamba advised would-be buyers of goods from that country to verify the existence of the companies they were doing business with before making any payments.
He said victims were scammed ranging from on-line payments, to those sending money to fellow Zambians based in South Africa.
He has since appealed to those swindled to formally complain to both South African and Zambian Police so that they help bring the swindlers to book.