City Police arrests EFT scammer

The City Police have arrested one person in connection with purchasing nine tyres using fake Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) payment in Windhoek.

In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, City Police Superintendent Gerry Shikesho confirmed the arrest and said that they are expecting more arrests.

Shikesho said that they were alerted by the local tyre dealer about the scam, and when the police got there they noticed that the proof of payment was indeed fraudulent.

He said that they asked the customer to collect the tyres, upon which the customer was arrested.

“It is a well-connected network and such scams happened before, but for now it will not happen in Windhoek again, probably in another town such as Walvis Bay or Keetmanshoop,” the superintendent said.

He advised that the only way such scams can be avoided is through education and information sharing.

Shikesho warned especially the business community that if there is payment made through EFT, the business should wait and be patient until the bank confirms payment and such money reflect on the account, before items are released to the customers.

Director of Independent Tyres, Laurence Durant where the incident happened, indicated the way the proof of statement alerted them to fraudulent deals was when they noticed the First National Bank (FNB) logo was not right, there where couple of spelling mistakes and the font was different from other FNB proof of payments.

Source: Namibia press Agency