Police warn of meter man scam in Goodwood

Goodwood police are investigating cases of thieves posing as municipal electricity workers to get into people’s homes.

A 68-year-old woman had her purse with R500 cash in it stolen on Wednesday after she let a man into her home who was wearing a uniform and told her he had come to read her electricity meter.

Residents should check employees’ credentials and not leave them unsupervised, said Captain Theunis.

In June, the City said it was aware of such incidents after a Bellville resident reported that a man had tried to gain entry by claiming to need information for electricity discounts being offered to pensioners. The City said the scammers often tried to target the elderly.

Mayco member for energy and climate change Phindile Maxiti said they are aware of the scam. They encourage residents to check all workers’ official identification cards before allowing anyone onto their property. Any suspicious behaviour must be reported to the City’s law enforcement agencies or the City’s fraud hotline at 0800 323 130 or to the South African Police Service.