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Conmen swindle R1m from cancer patient

A gang of conmen managed to take over R1m from a breast cancer survivor.

Randburg Magistrates Court

RANDBURG - A breast cancer survivor has told Eyewitness News how a gang of conmen allegedly cheated her out of more than R1 million, shortly after she came out of hospital and was still heavily medicated.

She said the scam took place over a period of several months, and involved a housebreaking to disguise the swapping of a locked trunk containing hundreds of thousands of rands.

The Johannesburg woman, who is a former banker from Switzerland, has called on other victims to come forward.

Two men from Uganda aged 41 and 32 have since been arrested in connection with the alleged scam and are due to appear in court on Monday, to apply for bail.

The woman said she was introduced to the gang by a friend of 12 years.

The conmen were apparently neatly dressed and appeared well educated, convinced her to allow them to do a ceremony to summon her ancestors and get back all the money she had lost over the years.

“I’m very embarrassed about what happened, it’s not me, and it’s not how I normally behave.

She added she was however heavily sedated when the men approached her. 

The woman said there was a break-in at her house a week after the ceremony, and that the trunk with her money was swapped.

She said the R100 notes in her trunk were replaced with saw dust and plain black paper that was the same size as the notes.

Police have urged other victims to come forward so that the rest of the gang can be caught.

NOTE: Anyone who has fallen victim to the scam should contact Colonel Mogashu at Randburg Police Station on: 011 449 9000.

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