NamPol warns public of fake police scammers

30 Dec 2015 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police are urging members of the public to be on the lookout for scammers pretending to be police officers.
This came to light after the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) received several complaints from members of the public who received fraudulent text messages alerting them of a warrant of arrest purportedly issued by the police.
In an interview with Nampa here on Wednesday, NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said people have received text messages and phone calls from the fraudsters.
One of the text messages reads: “There is a warrant of arrest issued for failing to pay your traffic fine,. To avoid being locked up until 19 January 2016, meet me and pay me a small amount”.
Another message says: “Your livestock is impounded, pay N.dollars 32 000 to reclaim it”.
Shikwambi said the numbers used in the scam are 0817798634; 0816324492; and 0812622263.
She also indicated that there are procedures in place when it comes to the payment of traffic and other fines. Legitimate receipts are also always issued for such payments.
“A trained professional police officer will never ask for money to be paid to an individual in order to settle a fine,” said Shikwambi.
She said this is the first scam of its kind in circulation locally, adding that people should reject such messages and calls.
“Those numbers do not belong to any police officer,” she warned.
Members of the public should also avoid giving out personal information like banking details, or making transactions to strangers due to threats.
“We appeal to the public to verify any information with the police,” Shikwambi said.
Anyone who has fallen victim to the scam can contact Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa.