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Social media seems to be the hunting ground for scamsters who prey on those desperate for housing. | ThePeoplesPost

Beside the advertising of illegal sale of RDP housing based on the stipulations of authorities, residents are also promised a quicker delivery on new houses in exchange for an amount of money.The resident, who asked not to be named for fear of further victimisation, had reached out toin the hope of exposing an agent who had made off with her money. She was unaware of the popular scam.

For around seven months, authorities have been warning residents of housing scams in the area with some operating on WhatsApp and Facebook. The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements released a statement in September and again in January, with the City of Cape Town’s housing directorate releasing similar statements in November and February.

“I am an older lady already and I was getting impatient. This man was legit in my eyes. He had all the answers,” she says. “The City is aware of a scammer that is impersonating the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi on social media platforms. The scammer is asking residents to pay for housing opportunities as well as to assist with housing related enquiries,” read a statement.

The Department’s acting director for Communication, Muneera Allie says scammers are convincing because they have some knowledge of how government housing works and go as far as to create fraudulent approval letters and correspondence that may appear authentic and lawful. “It is easy to say that we should not be stupid and fall for scams. I never thought I would be scammed. But they come to you with such a great pitch and all the answers. Just be careful. It is an expensive lesson to learn,” she says.Be a South African adult citizen older than 18 or have a permanent residency permit.

Source: Real Estate Daily Report (realestatedailyreport.net)


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