The Namibian (Windhoek)

8 February 2013

Namibia: Fraudsters Caught for Identity Theft

THE Windhoek City Police arrested two suspects on Wednesday afternoon for faking the identity of another person to open an account at Truworths.

They were found in possession of fake documents including an identity document, a driver's licence and a duplicated pay slip.

The two suspects earlier allegedly bought goods worth N$3 000 on account from Game shopping centre, impersonating the same person they were opening an account for.

One of the suspects is said to be an insurance consultant and it is suspected that he obtained the personal details of the victim through the course of his work.

City Police Superintendent Helena Mootseng told The Namibian that they arrested the two suspects after receiving a tip-off from the public that the suspects were doing business with forged documents.

The victim is employed at the City of Windhoek. He said he is not married, but the forged documents provided by the suspects stated that he is married and they even provided contact details of his supposed spouse, as well as fake contact details of the City of Windhoek to confirm that he is employed there.

Mootseng cautioned account owners to be circumspect with their accounts.

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