Police in Kwazulu-Natal province have warned first year students to take extra precautions during their registrations. They are warned not to make any payments on a street or in vehicles. It is alleged that criminals are promising students entrance to universities and requesting the students to pay fees to them. They allegedly take the students to their vehicles where the payments are done. The suspects will issue students with replica registration forms and a student number belonging to someone else making the deal look legitimate. The student is then sent home and told to come back with the balance of the money for the chosen courses.
On Wednesday, 15 January 2014 Berea police received information about this scam in the area and they initiated an investigation. A 26-year-old man was arrested and was found in possession of fraudulent documents used to carry out this scam. The suspect was charged with fraud and was detained in the Berea police cells. We believe that more suspects will be arrested for operating this scam. The suspect is due to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon. Police have appealed to any other person who has fallen victim to this scam to report the incident to their local police station. – SA Police media service