Nog besighede loop onder foefie deur

Skelms met selfone is besig om kliënte van verskeie besighede in die hoofstad in te loop.

07 April 2019 | Crime

Windhoek • Yolanda Nel

Weke ná ’n paar kleinsake-eienaars ander teen ’n foefie gewaarsku het, het nog twee besighede deurgeloop.

In dié skelmstreek word kliënte gevra om vir ’n diens of produk te betaal waarvan die entrepreneur niks weet nie.

Een so ’n besigheid is 4 Paws. Volgens die eienaar, Marlene Erasmus, is een van haar kliënte N$5 000 kwyt ná hulle ook deur skelms ingeloop is. “Die skelm gebruik my en my besigheid se naam en teiken kliënte wat belangstelling via sosiale media toon,” verduidelik Erasmus. Kliënte word dan gevra om betalings per eWallet te maak.

“Kliënte moet baie versigtig wees wanneer mense vir eWallets vra en eerder vir ’n bankrekeningnommer vra,” waarsku Marlene.

’n Saak is by die polisie aanhangig gemaak. Maar Marlene bly ontsteld oor die voorval omdat dit afbreek doen aan haar besigheid se naam. “Niemand kan meer vertrou word nie,” sê sy. Haar raad aan kliënte is om nie te vertrou dat enige besigheid ’n nuwe nommer gebruik nie en maak altyd dubbel seker voor enige betalings gemaak word.

Nog ’n besigheid, Highway Importers, het ook onder die skelmstreek deurgeloop, maar gelukkig het nie een van hulle kliënte geld verloor nie. “’n Kliënt van ons is genader om geld te eWallet vir produkte wat sy bestel het, ná daar vir haar gesê is ons het kamma probleme met die bank,” vertel die eienaar, Izaan Coetzee.

Gelukkig het die kliënt onraad vermoed en vir Izaan gekontak voor enige geld oorbetaal is. “Dit maak my woedend, want ons werk so hard om ons kliënte tevrede te stel en nou word ons besigheid se naam deur die modder gesleep,” vertel sy.

Haar raad is om seker te maak dat kliënte met die eienaar of personeel van die besigheid praat. “As hulle wil hê jy moet ’n eWallet-oorbetaling maak, laat vaar eerder die hele transaksie.”

Hoewel die telefoonnommers van die skelms wyd op sosiale media versprei word om mense te waarsku om hulle nie te vertrou nie, is dit vir hierdie skelms baie maklik om net ’n nuwe SIM-kaart en nuwe telefoonnommer te kry.

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