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Four women in different parts of KwaZulu-Natal recently reached out to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) over the past week to complain about being scammed by a man allegedly pretending to be a pilot.

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Women in KwaZulu-Natal Fall Victim to Fake Pilot’s Elaborate Scam

The women reportedly lost thousands of rand to the man, who introduced himself as Ravi Kumar – a single pilot from Los Angeles, California, in the United States.

RUSA said “Kumar” reached out to women via Facebook messenger and asked for their phone numbers. The conversation then moved to WhatsApp. The scammer allegedly used a number with an Italian dialling code.

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“After chatting with the victims for a few weeks, the man requests home addresses so he can send gifts. The women were sent images of a box that contained 15 000 US Dollars (R300 000),” said the security company.

Kumar then professes his love for the women and promises to visit South Africa and marry them. Eventually, he asks for R5000 on a daily basis, saying that the box filled with gifts was stuck at Customs. Other tales the scammer spun included that he was stuck at an airport and his bank cards were lost.

Collectively, the four women lost R97 000, said RUSA.

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As previously reported, South Africa had 190 cases of reported catfishing scams in 2020, which was enough to earn it 18th place in the world, according to a Techshielder analysis.

South Africa was relatively low in terms of the number of cases reported, but the average victim in the country forked out a disproportionate amount of money – £35 433 (R695 663,18) – the second-most in the world, bested only by the average Chinese victim who lost £45 004 (R883 572,53).

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