Lyttelton police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said the man went into the Hi-Q branch in Centurion West last week and purchased eight tyres, paying through an electronic transfer, Rekord Centurion reported.
Hi-Q spokesperson Jaco de Bruyn said in the first transaction, the fraud amounted to R13 950. It was not immediately clear how the suspect got away with this modus operandi.
“Somehow the transactions appeared to be totally legitimate on the screen. The outlet’s head office discovered later that no payment went through,” he added.
De Bruyn said a few days later, the same man bought tyres in the same fashion from the company’s branch in central Centurion. This time, the fraud amounted to R21 800. Auto Wheel and Tyre in Pretoria West suffered the same experience last week.
No arrests have been made. Police investigations are ongoing.
Gumbu asked anyone with information on the matter to call Wierdabrug Police Station on 012-685-0015.
In a separate incident, the City of Joburg warned customers of a fraud scam in the form of an e-mail doing the rounds claiming the city had changed its banking details.
“At no point will the city send its clients an e-mail regarding (such) information of a sensitive nature,” the city’s director of customer communications, Kgamanyane Maphologela, said.
“We urge customers, if they receive such suspicious e-mails, to alert the city. If the customers are unsure of any information they receive by e-mail, they must either call our customer care centre or visit their nearest office,” added Maphologela.
The city had tightened up security by, among other interventions, no longer publishing its bank account number in a bid to combat fraud linked to payment of accounts. This required changing from Absa to Standard Bank.
– Caxton News Service