A warrant of arrest has been issued for a Durban woman after she scammed unsuspecting investors of about R10 million.
It is understood that from June 2019 to date, Swereen Govender lured family and friends to invest in her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) business by promising lucrative dividends in return.
Investigation revealed that Govender initially paid minimum dividends to investors and then stopped.
Police say Govender has allegedly been lying to her investors that she cannot be contacted as she has been placed in a witness protection programme.
The police’s Jay Naicker says multiple cases have been registered at various police stations in Gauteng which are now referred to the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Germiston for further investigation.
“Govender has since been positively linked and is wanted on these fraud cases in Gauteng some of which cases she is alleged to have taken people’s life savings, retirement and disability pensions, etc, leaving these people absolutely destitute.”
Naicker has reminded people to be extremely cautious when investing money with individuals.
Naicker has appealed to anyone who knows the whereabouts of Govender or been scammed by her to contact the police.