18-year-old Durban woman cheated out of late father’s inheritance – SABC News

A Durban woman says she has been the victim of a scam that claims her inheritance left by her late father was transferred from one bank account to another without her authorisation.

On condition of anonymity, the 18-year-old believes her details were leaked by a government official at the Master of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. Now she wants justice.

This Durban woman has asked to remain anonymous. For the purposes of this story, she will be referred to as Sarah.

She says she fears for her life for speaking openly about her ordeal to get her inheritance back. The funds were kept for her by the Guardian Fund until she was 18. They come under the administration of the Master of the High Court. The fund was set up to protect and manage the money of minors until they are old enough to mind their own affairs.

Sarah says her late father was a government employee. Fighting back tears, she says she received a call from an unknown person who claimed to verify her bank details to allow her to receive her inheritance.

“We went to the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court in the Masters Office, accompanied by our grandmother, to make a claim on our inheritance, we were told the money would be paid in three months. As the payout days approached, I received another call from someone claiming to be from the Pietermaritzburg Supreme Court. They wanted to make sure the money goes to a real account, I just confirmed my bank details, to my surprise the person had all my details including my ID number. The man also told me he would transfer the call to a Capitec agent. She also claimed to check my bank details, both of whom said they wanted to prevent fraud,” says Sarah.

Funds transferred from the account

Sarah has bank statements showing that the monies from the Guardian Fund were transferred to her Capitec bank account. On the same day, a transfer was made from her account to an unknown Absa account. Unemployed at 18, she planned to start a small business with the money.

Sarah says she wants justice and her rightful inheritance back.

“I believe my data was sold to these people by someone in the Master’s Office in Pietermaritzburg who stole my money. The High Court knew when the money was due to be paid to me, the women who took my money waited and even called me to confirm the money was in the account. I just want my money back. I also want police investigations to be able to ensure that anyone working with criminals gives them information about people who are about to get their money so they can be targeted by criminals. This is a fight I don’t want to give up. I want every penny,” says Sarah.

Sarah’s uncle says the ordeal left the family devastated and pressured. He says her grandmother has been hospitalized several times since the money went missing.

“My mother is devastated by this ordeal as she is the one who took care of my late sister’s children. Now that she hoped that the child will be able to take care of herself, thieves decide to take all these hopes. I think banks protect criminals in disguise to protect their customers. In this case, the bank even refused to block the account from which my niece’s money was withdrawn, we have all the evidence with the account number. This big bank is not cooperating with the police investigation to ensure that the person who received the money is arrested,” says Sarah’s uncle.

KwaZulu-Natal police say they traced the Absa account holder back to Johannesburg. The matter was turned over to the Hawks.

In an email, Absa says they investigate all fraud cases comprehensively, taking into account special circumstances. They further state that their internal controls have not been compromised.

18-year-old Durban woman cheated out of late father’s inheritance – SABC News

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