“The woman told clients that she owned a farm in KwaZulu-Natal and was sellings cows,” police spokesman Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.
“She took sums of money ranging from R5000 to R40,000 from the unsuspecting victims, but never delivered the cows,” he said.
The woman, 41, from Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, was arrested after three of her victims tipped off police. On searching her, police found receipts she was issuing to clients, Makhubela said. Police believed the scam dated as far back as 2011.
She was believed to have operated in Vlakfontein and Zaccharia Park.
“At one point the suspect took clients who had paid her to Eshowe, but she disappeared before she could hand over the livestock to them,” said Makhubela.
The woman was charged with theft under falls pretences and would appear in court soon.