TCLM warns residents about meter-box scammers

LYDENBURG – Several residents in town have contacted Steelburger/Lydenburg News with regard to a new prepaid-meter scam doing the rounds.

They said people who claimed to be employees of Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM) showed up at their houses and said they were there to replace the prepaid-meter boxes.

They allegedly instructed residents to accompany them to banks for the withdrawal of money for the so-called service.

TCLM has issued an urgent press release with regard to the new scam. It said it is aware of the situation, and urged residents to not fall prey to the latest scam.

“It has come to TCLM’s attention that there are people who visit households saying they are from the municipality, and that they are changing meter boxes. These individuals then request some sort of payment and ask residents to go to ATMs to withdraw money with them.”

It said it would never send people to do work at any household for a fee, as all transactions are done at its offices or electronically using the correct banking details of the municipality.

“All municipal officials will have name tags as a form of identification. Officials or service providers of the municipality will always have identification when visiting households. Residents in doubt should always ask them to show it. If they are still uncertain, they can call TCLM and verify whether the person is there for municipal work on 013-235-7300 or 013-235-1788.”

Alternatively, residents can call the local police station on 013-235-1311 for any suspicious activities involving such incidents, and urged residents to be aware of these scams.

Narda Vermaak

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