The DPCI Hawks would like to warn the public about bogus Hawks members who are operating in Polokwane. This came after an innocent and unsuspecting pensioner was allegedly swindled out of his pension money by three people who claimed to be Hawks members.
The victim alleged that he was walking in one of the streets in Polokwane when he was approached by an unknown man who told him that he was smeared with something on his coat. This unknown man even volunteered to call the ‘police’ who arrived in a blink of an eye.
The alleged three policemen, who were phoned, told the victim that they were Hawks members and asked him to hand over the money he was carrying to them for alleged safekeeping. They further requested him to withdraw all the money he had in his bank account so that it can be kept safe.
The victim ended up withdrawing all the money from his bank account and gave it to the bogus Hawks members. On Wednesday, 19 April 2017 the old man visited the Hawks offices in Polokwane to meet with the officers who took his R90 000-00 for safekeeping. The victim was shocked to learn that he was actually swindled of his money. A case has since been opened in this regard and it is being investigated.
Members of the public are warned that there are people who are using the Hawks’ name to swindle innocent citizens. Hawks do not take money from people and if a person, claiming to be a Hawks member, demands or asks money from you just know that he/she is not from the Hawks. Such persons must be reported to the police immediately.
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