OTJIWARONGO, 10 DEC (NAMPA) -
The Otjozondjupa police have issued a warning to all livestock farmers and businesspeople of a new crime syndicate in the region targeting them.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Thursday that several livestock farmers and businesspeople have already fallen victim to a group of unknown criminals.
"They are calling livestock farmers and businesspeople on pretence that they are police officers who are working on previous cases they opened at some stage and that they are keen to assist them (victims) to apprehend the criminals who stole properties at their farms or businesses," said Mbeha.
She explained that once the farmer or businessperson feels comfortable with the syndicate over the phone, the criminals would ask for information like who the businessperson or farmer is with on their property.
"These are criminals who want to know your whereabouts so that they can attack you or break into your farm or businesses." Mbeha said these criminals then ask for money from the farmers so that they can make phone calls before arresting the perpetrators, because they are apparently stuck in the bushes with no airtime.
Several businesspeople and farmers in the areas of Okahandja, Kalkfeld and Otjiwarongo districts have been robbed of money through electronic money transfer transactions (e-wallet) made to the mobile phones of syndicate members.
"Do not deposit money to a stranger who contacts you through a telephone while pretending to be a police officer. We as members of the Namibian Police Force know how to get to you when looking for you."
Mbeha advised all Namibians to be vigilant and not to reveal information regarding their whereabouts and with whom they are to a stranger. Instead, they should report suspicious movements of people in their vicinity to the nearest police station. She also warned the culprits in these syndicates to stop their practices or face arrest.