While out shopping on Saturday morning my husband got a call on our land line from 0725113933. He claimed to be our domestic worker's uncle. He asked for me by name and said he couldn't reach me on my cell and confirmed my number when asked.
He informed my husband our domestic worker, "P", had a heart attack in the night and died. Even put 2 wailing woman on the phone claiming to be her daughters. Said P's siblings were on their way to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape. Everything tied up with what we know of her family (except she has never mentioned an uncle). They needed to "borrow" money to buy groceries and would pay it back next week when the policy paid out. Could we lend them R3000?
My husband phoned me to inform me of P's death. When I got home I did some calculations on what she was owed for days already worked and then added on for the days she would work to the end of the month = R1200.
I phoned the "uncle" back. He sounded distraught and kept saying they need money NOW to buy groceries. I said I would give them R1200, no need to repay, but it was all I could afford. He asked me what bank I am with. When I said FNB he immediately said I must send the money via eWallet and asked if I had a computer. He asked please can't you make it R1500. Not thinking clearly I agreed and did the transaction. A few minutes later I got a call back saying he needs the massage from the computer, I must press "Resend". Having a look at the eWallet options I realised that "Resend" actually means "Pay the same amount again". I informed him the money had been sent and I couldn't find "Resend".
I didn't hear from him again and as my head cleared during the afternoon something didn't gel. Not having either of P's daughter's cell numbers I phoned her cell to see who answered and get more information. By then they would have calmed down a bit. When P answered I wasn't that surprised as I already had my suspicions. I asked her if she was alright. "Yes, why?" I told her I had been informed of her death. "Who would say that? Why would they tell you that?" I gave her the "uncle's" number and asked if she knows this person. She said she will check the number.
Then 6h30 Sunday morning I get woken up with a call on my cell phone from the "uncle". "Please we more money. We will pay you back on Tuesday when the policy pays out." Not knowing what to say I just told him that I can't help him now as I don't have more money available. To which I got an "Eish" and he hung up.
|Crime Date/Time:||19 Mar 2016, 07:03 AM|
|Reported Date:||20 Mar 2016, 08:03 AM|