The Beitul Aman Home for the Aged in Wynberg has been used in a scam to gain access to the pockets of local members of the community. Individuals using the name of the facility have been making their rounds on the Cape Flats, asking the community to generously donate to residents at the facility.
According to the facility’s Nadhier Agherdien, the syndicates claim they want to take the residents out for supper and on a picnic. Agherdien received a tip off from a concerned community member who says the suspects claim they require about R150 for reach resident.
“We know that the home is very popular and many people are aware of its existence. The bogus collectors are using this to their advantage. We need to warn the public of this scam,” Agherdien said.
The areas where reports of these collectors have come from include Grassy Park, Kensington and Mitchells Plain. According to Agherdien’s description, the syndicates work in an organised manner that could easily be considered legitimate. However, Agherdien explained that there is a way in which the community can confirm the legitimacy of the collectors.
“Anyone who is in the community, requesting donations for the facility will be issued with what we call a mandate letter. This letter will have a specific date from the time period in which the said person can collect and also the relevant signatures of the facility’s chairperson along with a letterhead. This letter can and should be requested. Also, if anyone is not entirely sure of the person at the door asking for a donation, they can contact us,” Agherdien added.
The bogus collectors are said to work in groups.
“They say that a car will be in the area tomorrow and give people a number to call. If they want to make a donation, they can call the number, provide their name and address and a car will come around to collect the money. We are in no way associated with this scam and urge anyone with information to come forward and contact their nearest police station,” Agherdien said.
He added: “The facility always welcomes the generous donations of the public. If they feel that they would like to give back and assist us, they can come directly to our facility in Wynberg.”
Beitul Aman is located in Mars Road, Wynberg. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)