Be aware of fake investigating officers: NamPol

01 Sep 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has issued a warning to members of the public to be on the lookout for people pretending to be investigating officers in efforts to fraudulently obtain money.
Speaking during the weekly crime briefing in the capital on Sunday, NamPol spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said this is a new trick used by criminals whereby they acquire the personal information of prisoners and use such information to contact the prisoner’s family members. They then inform the relatives that they are investigating officers and make arrangements with them to receive the prisoner’s bail money.
“The public should know that bail money or any other payment services are made over the counter and valid receipts are issued,” she said.
Shikwambi appealed to members of the public to verify the information they receive from the purported ‘investigating officers’.
“Visit police stations and confirm who the investigating officers, are and whether bail has been granted to the prisoner, before committing any money,” she appealed.
Five suspects have been arrested in similar cases, with the latest arrest made on Saturday. The suspect was going to receive N.dollars 1 000 in ‘bail money’ from the prisoner’s family.
He is expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
NamPol also called on members of the public not to fall prey to financial fraud crimes.
“We continue to receive enquiries about scams which are often carried out via the Internet or cell phones,” Shikwambi said.
She said people should be very careful and should not engage in any deals, signing off of documents or transferring of money via electronic gadgets.
“Please be warned. Together we can curb this fast growing crime,” she noted.