The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region cautioned the public on Friday about the ongoing fraud activities that are targeting farmers, businesspeople, and pensioners in the region.
NamPol's Community Affairs Officer in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Olivia Haihambo, said in an interview with Nampa that about 20 people have been defrauded of money so far at Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Grootfontein, and Tsumkwe.
She said the victims are men and women aged above 50 who were defrauded of money ranging between N$8,600 and N$21,000 using different electronic banking systems between December 2022 and January 12, 2023.
Allegedly, most of the fraudsters had impersonated police officers who were working on criminal cases that were opened by the victims at the police stations.
These alleged criminals would then threaten the complainants with direct arrests if they did not make immediate payments to the cell phone numbers of these fraudsters, she said.
"We now would like to again warn the general public not to deposit any amount of money with a person claiming to be a police or security officer in relation to a case you have opened. Instead, visit your nearest police station to make inquiries," said Haihambo