Criminals scam Lenasia business owner out of over a million rand

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Two suspects have been arrested for fraud and theft  in Lenasia after they scammed a business owner out of over a million rand. 

Police said they received information about the two suspects aged 25 and 27-years-old which led to the duo being handcuffed.

Spokesperson Bafana Ndimande said the business owner was at his business premises at Gemsbok Avenue, Lenasia Extension 1 when he was approached by the two suspects who were known to him. 

“The Indian males were his customers for a long period of time. They requested stock to the total value of R372 340,00. He asked them to deposit the money into the company bank account. One of them forwarded proof of payment through WhatsApp and they went to collect the stock.” 

Ndimande said in December last year,  one of the same suspects, requested stock to the total value of R644 446,22.

“He forwarded proof of payment through WhatsApp and they collected the stock. The business owner, later received a call from the supplier that they were still waiting for payment. He forwarded the copies of payment and it was confirmed by the bank to be fake documents. He attempted to call the business partners but to no vail.” 

Ndimande said the suspects are expected to appear in the Lenasia Magistrates Court soon.

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