Wanted fraudster scammed people R10 million

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The Police together with the HAWKS are seeking assistance from the public to locate a woman who is alleged to have scammed unsuspecting investors for an accumulative amount of approximately R10 million.

It is alleged that from June 2019 to date, Swereen Govender lured family and friends to invest in her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) business by promising lucrative dividends in return.

Govender has since been positively linked and is wanted on these fraud cases in Gauteng some of which cases she is alleged to have taken people’s life savings, retirement and disability pensions, leaving them destitute.

SAPS National Spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said people are reminded to be extremely cautious when investing money with individuals. “If an offer appears too good to be true, know that it probably is and one should rather consider investing one’s capital with long-standing reputable investment companies.”

Naidoo said a warrant has been issued for Govender’s arrest and the investigation team circulated her on the local and international movement control system.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Govender or anyone who has fallen prey to Govender’s scam are urged to come forward with information to the investigating officer, Captain John Marepa on 082 822 6351.

Naidoo warned that anyone caught harbouring Ms Swereen Govender must know that this is a criminal offence.

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