Robberies: 7 Online market place scammers arrested

South African Police Service

Robberies: 7 Online market place scammers arrested
Robberies: 7 Online market place scammers arrested. Photo: SAPS

The Rietgat police in collaboration with Honeydew and Cosmo City police members arrested seven suspects who are alleged to be online scammers following a tip off by a community member.

The arrests took place in the early hours of 5 April 2023 at different addresses.

The suspects were found in possession of police uniform, four firearms of which two were fake and live rounds of ammunition as well as nine cellphones.

According to reports, the suspects have terrorised unsuspecting customers who were looking for vehicles and goods on Facebook Market Place and Gumtree respectively.

They will put pictures of vehicles on social media for sale and lure potential buyers to an isolated location where they pounce on them in numbers and take their belongings and money meant to buy these “vehicles.”

A preliminary investigation indicated that, in all the cases opened around Rietgat and Loate policing precinct, the suspects were armed and demanded belongings and money of victims through pointing of firearm.

All arrested suspects are expected to appear before Soshanguve Magistrates’ Court in due course.

The community is encouraged to continue assisting in the fight against crime by reporting any criminal activities on the Crime Stop Line at 08600 10111 or leave anonymous tip-offs on MySAPSApp which can be downloaded on any smartphone.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service