News24 share some of them here: So-called artist cons au pair of R120 000 The 55-year-old Alberton au pair was going through an emotional time in her life when she believed she had met her match on a well-known dating site.They chatted on Facebook for around seven months and he claimed to be an artist from London with two kids.He targeted her at a time when she was extremely vulnerable and weaved a complicated, believable story to draw her in.
He claimed he was going to have an exhibition in Cape Town but would first be in Port Elizabeth where his container of art was, even sending her confirmation of his flight tickets. “My total loss was R120 000, where he said he was robbed and required the funds to release the container.
After that there was no more contact from his side.” She reported it to the Table View police station on April 28 but the scammer had not been caught.
“The money is one thing but the biggest damage was the emotional impact and damage that was caused; his voice is still haunting me and the religious prayers we did on a daily basis”.
Pretoria PA under administration after losing R300 000 A 52-year-old PA/secretary said she parted with R300 000 a while back after thinking she was paying for medical equipment to help supposedly ill people she had met on a popular dating site. She handed over information to police but felt their progress was too slow.
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She was drawn to the preacher because his wife had apparently been killed in a car accident a few years before and had not dated since.