Umjolo Scam Devastates Limpopo Gogo: Loses R800k to Heartless Fraudster
Not all love is true love, and a 60-year-old gogo from Limpopo learned this the hard way when she fell victim to a cruel scam, losing over R800,000 of her hard-earned pension money at the hands of her supposed boyfriend.
Umjolo Costs Limpopo Gogo R800k: The Deceptive Path to Heartbreak
The gogo, a retired teacher, had met the man at a Polokwane shopping complex earlier in 2023 and believed she had found true love.
The man quickly proposed to her as she approached her retirement in June. Eagerly awaiting her pension payout in September, she visited him at his rented house in Ivy Park, Polokwane. There, she was led into a room where the suspect claimed she would meet his ancestors.
Inside the room, the gogo alleged she heard a mysterious voice proclaiming an end to her long-standing suffering, promising her a substantial R3.8 million fortune. However, this windfall came with a catch – the suspect insisted on hefty sums of money to unlock her supposed wealth. Sadly, she handed over more than R800,000 before growing suspicious.
When she tried to confront the suspect at his place, she discovered he had vanished, leaving no trace behind. The incident serves as a stark warning, highlighting the alarming rise in dating scams in the province.
Umjolo Cons: SAPS Warn Potential Victims
Lieutenant-Colonel Matimba Maluleke, the spokesperson for Limpopo Hawks, emphasized the need for caution among potential victims, particularly single/widowed women who are financially stable.
Scammers specifically target women with stable jobs, those recently divorced with assets, business owners, inheritors, women nearing retirement, and widows. Maluleke urged these women to be vigilant and guard against fraudsters who exploit their vulnerability under the guise of love.