The Public Relations Officer at the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Lentswe Motshoganetsi, has warned Batswana to follow legitimate procedures when seeking government services to avoid falling victim to the conmen who are currently masquerading as government officials and swindling people of their money.
Motshoganetsi told The Telegraph on Monday that there seems to be some members of the public who prefer to take shortcuts, especially with regard to government services, which then leads to them being cheated out of their money by these conmen.
“We have been receiving reports that currently there are some individuals who are swindling people of their hard earned money on the pretence that they are immigration officers,” he said.
He said that although they have not yet arrested anyone, they are working around the clock with security agents, such as the Police and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) to try and trace these culprits. He added that last year, they were reports that they were some individuals who pretended to be DCEC officers and took money from unsuspecting individuals, especially those who wanted government tenders.
“These culprits would approach people who were bidding for tenders and the strange thing is that they have inside information of government departments,” he said.
Motshoganetsi went on to warn the public saying that when approached by people claiming to be government officials, the public should always request for proof or identity of the person they are dealing with.
He warned that the public should always know that government business is done in authentic premises such as offices, not under trees, parking lots or in the backyards.