Human Rights

Conman Swindles Residents

Chobe Land Board chairperson, Mr Nelson Masule has warned residents against a conman who instructs unsuspecting customers to transfer money into a bogus account in order to be assisted to acquire plots.

In an interview, Mr Masule said the land board received a report from one businessman who reported that he was swindled P2 000 by a certain man who claimed to be an employee of the land board.

He said the conman claimed that he had inside information on certain processes of the board.

“The client was told that if he could e-wallet P2 000 the process of acquiring a title deed would be fast,” he said.

Mr Masule said the conman, who was yet to be identified, seemed to target clients who were interested in commercial and industrial plots within the Chobe District.

However, Mr Masule said Kasane police have been notified and that investigations were ongoing.

He requested land board customers to refrain from sending money through e-wallet service, and that such a service was not used by the Chobe Land Board.

“We don’t have e-wallet services as the Chobe Land Board, but we do allow bank deposits because we need prove so that we issue a receipt for the financial transaction,” he said.

Mr Masule said he had sent out a public notice to various departments and dikgosi in the district to help sensitise the public on the matter.