Ahead of the 2016 local government elections, ADT Security is warning against impersonators, trying their luck by posing as officials from the department of Home Affairs.
A number of reports have been received about a group of impersonators going around to homes pretending to be officials from Home Affairs. They carry documents with the letterhead of the department and claim they are there to confirm that everyone has a valid ID document ahead of the upcoming elections.
Theunis Kotze, ADT Security General Manager Inland region, says this is a complete scam and their aim is to rather burgle your property. The Sandton Community Police Forum has also confirmed that there is no initiative like this from government.
Kotze says it is imperative for homeowners to take certain precautions, to not let their guard down and be taken in by such scams. Domestic staff should also be fully briefed and warned not to allow strangers onto your property. “If you are expecting workmen/contractors or deliveries please ensure you brief your domestic ahead of time,” he says.
“If you feel something is out of place, report it to the SAPS or your security provider immediately,” he concludes.