It is almost certain that criminals are hard at work plotting their next victims’ downfall. However, it seemed card scammers in Kekana Gardens in Hammanskraal fumbled and found themselves in the wrong side of the community.
After giving the community a headache for weeks, three card scammers in Hammanskraal were finally caught by the community members recently, and received the beating of their lives. This was according to a statement posted by Moretele Community Radio Station.
“The community of Hammanskraal finally got the chance to deal with the card scammers that have been taking money from residents. The card scammers were given the taste of their own medicine and seemingly it was not nice at all. Apparently the suspects were caught red-handed scamming another victim and the community came for rescue,” said in a statement.
The statement continued to say, “The suspects were caught and the community gave them a heavy beating that they will never forget before informing the police. These card scammers have been around the area and scamming people at the ATMs. They would pretend like there is something wrong with the ATM then claim to help. After, the they swap cards with one of their own which does not work at all and get your pin”.
Many people showed appreciation for the community of Kekana Gardens for teaching criminals a lesson which they believe would also send a strong warning to other criminals not to mess with their community going forward.
Criselda Letsatsi, who is one of the people who was also a victim of card scamming in the past years shared her experience with the card scammers.
“Justice was served, I still remember when I was a victim myself. I could not buy clothes for Christmas that year, all because of criminals like these ones,” she said.
Even though many people commended the community members for taking the law into their own hands by beating up the card scamming criminals, Isaac Khoza who is also a community member had a completely different perspective on the matter.
“This is not a good thing, these people didn’t hurt anyone physically or kill anyone. I am not saying what they did was right, but the community could have just taken the criminals to the police station instead of beating them up,” said Khoza.
The card scammers were finally arrested and were expected to appear in court soon, much to the delight of the community.