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Scam alert: City of Cape Town warns residents of scammers posing as electricity officials

The City said the scammers will be dressed in municipal clothing and have some form of identification.
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Scam alert: City of Cape Town warns residents of scammers posing as electricity officials

The City of Cape Town has warned residents of bogus City officials going door to door in some areas across the metro.

The City said the scammers will be dressed in municipal clothing and have some form of identification.

In recent weeks, the City has been made aware of some instances of scams.

“Criminals dressed in municipal clothing and carrying some form of identification operate by visiting residents at their homes and insisting they open their gates or front doors, so that electricity infrastructure can be checked. When given access to the property, the scammers then steal personal items. In most cases, scammers target the elderly.”-CoCT

The City has reiterated that it does not have members of staff going door-to-door to check on electricity infrastructure without an appointment.

“When the City needs to do checks on electricity meters, officials will make the necessary appointment with the resident. Municipal workers and contractors must carry a work order number specific to that dwelling and a City-issued identification card. Residents should please ask to check the official identification card before allowing anyone onto their property.”-City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.

A City identification card will have the City logo, the name and surname of the staff member or mandated contractor, and must contain an embedded photo of the staff member or mandated contractor.

 

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