Back to school rush has started for parents and their children and others will seek accommodation while busy trying to enrol at various institutions of learning with the hope of furthering their studies.
As the police in the Free State we urge parents to be vigilant of bogus accommodation only available over the phone and online. There’s also institutions of higher learning that only exist by name and have no campuses or classes.
Police in the Free State are pleading with parents or guardians not to deposit any cash into any account before they physically visit the school or personally pay a visit to such school or accommodation. This is to avoid being scammed as cases of parents who were defrauded were registered in previous years at police stations in and around the province.
To confirm if the Institution of Higher Learning is registered and legitimate, please contact the Department of Higher Education and Training before you deposit any funds into any account as provided by any institution.
“These fly-by-night institutions and people who defraud guardians or parents off their savings with non-existing student accommodations, must be reported. If you suspect something dodgy, it probably is fraud, and stay away from it,” said Free State Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Baile Motswenyane.