Innocent Gauteng police officer’s photo used by a scammer

The identity of an innocent Gauteng police officer is being used by a scammer to destroy his character.

ABOUT THE INNOCENT GAUTENG POLICE OFFICER

Sergeant Heinreich Bester stationed at Boksburg North SAPS has been a victim of character assassination for the past three years as a bogus police officer uses his photograph to extort money from the victims.

The Boksburg Advertiser reports that the scammer pretends to be a police officer investigating a case against his target and demands money to clear the case.

The publication also reports that the fraudster claims to be officer John Smith of the Boschkop SAPS and goes on to demand money to be able to help the victim ‘get out of the mess’.

This scammer is said to be using WhatsApp to prey on desperate victims.

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Boksburg Advertiser also revealed that this person sends these types of ‘convincing messages’ to many people with hope that somebody will take the bait. It is also understood that photo of the officer was found online by the scammer.

Sergeant Heinreich Bester warns civilians against the scammer. Photo: Boksburg Advertiser.

HOW TO REPORT THIS SCAMMER TO THE POLICE

According to the publication, Bester says the scam has had a negative effect on him and his family.

He urges anyone who receives such messages to contact the police immediately.
Contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the Boksburg North SAPS on 011 960 0100 or 071 675 6986.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

In what would be treated as progress if you like, on Friday 15 July, police arrested a suspect for impersonating a police officer.

“An observant #AntiGangUnit members were quick to spot a person walking in Kariega in police uniform which was not in accordance with the SAPS dress code.

With the assistance of SAPS Uitenhage members, AGU members then followed the person who after becoming aware of their presence, started running and was arrested inside a shop in Gerald Smith Street”.

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Police confiscated a toy gun from him.

“When the 30-year-old ‘police officer’ could not provide his appointment certificate, he was detained on a charge of impersonating a police officer”.

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This is a developing story.

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