Hawks have arrested a woman on fraud charges after a Cape Town woman was scammed out of around R4million by a “man” she met on a dating site.
The “man” allegedly offered the woman a business partnership after they started communicating on the dating site.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Philani Nkwalase said the case had been investigated since 2016 after the woman was tricked into transferring the money to a person with a man’s profile between May and August 2016.
The woman laid a complaint of fraud in September 2016 when she realised she had been scammed, and the police finally made an arrest this year.
Nokuthula Ndaba, 43, appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on April 15 on fraud charges.
She was granted bail and her next appearance will be on May 29, when the case will be transferred to the Bellville Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town.
Nkwalase said the next court appearance could reveal what the woman is alleged to have done, as these scams do not always involve one person.
He cautioned that the best protection against being scammed was to not give away personal details, such as identity numbers or addresses, and to make an effort to meet the person “the orthodox way” in real life, and in a public place like a shopping centre.
“Be extra vigilant. But fraudsters are there to prey on unsuspecting people, and prey on their needs, be it job opportunities and relationship seeking,” he said.