By Krishnee Naidoo

A 42-year-old man fell prey to an ‘old scam’ and was robbed of R20 000 in cash he had withdrawn from the bank minutes before his misfortune on Thursday.

Phoenix SAPS communications officer, Cpt L Naidoo said, “It has come to the knowledge of police at Phoenix that an ‘old scam’ is back whereby the victim withdraws a large amount of cash and upon leaving the bank stumbles across a large amount of money on the floor.

It is alleged that at the same time another person sees the same money and tells the victim ‘because we have both seen the cash, let us go somewhere and split the money.’ Supposed greed overwhelms the victim who accompanies the stranger in anticipation of the proposed split. Unknown to the victim, the stranger together with accomplices who lie in wait, robs the unsuspecting person of all his/her withdrawn cash. Together in this scam there is a suspect attired in full police uniform who approaches the victim and the other person telling them that they must get into his vehicle as they are suspects in a theft case. The victim is then dropped off and left penniless.”

“We urge community members to be wary of this kind of scam. Do not make small talk with anyone unfamiliar when emerging from the bank. Do not trust anyone who promotes ‘get rich quick schemes.’ Greed can lead to dangerous situations. Safeguard your life and your cash and do not mix and mingle with strangers,” added Cpt Naidoo.