Good morning, I received a call from someone claiming to be one of the teachers at my child’s school informing me that my child had fallen on the stairs in school and had a broken leg. The teacher claimed to be calling from life link Hospital where the child had been rushed to and required urgent attention as she was bleeding profusely. I was asked to urgently send 200k so the child could be attended to. When I informed the caller that i have a medical card and that would go to the hospital, the caller said that time was of the essence as the child needed urgent medical intervention, before it was too late. The “teacher” handed the phone to a “doctor” who confirmed to me that the best thing was to send the money urgently to enable them commence treatment. I was ready to go to the hospital. However, i asked a final question: “What is the name of the child?”, upon which the caller immediately disconnected the call.
When i narrated this incident to another colleague, he told me that a friend of his was actually conned in the same way and she parted with 300k
To avoid being a victim:
1. Remain calm.
2. Ask them to tell you either the name of the child, or the name of the school and class/stream the child is in.
I thought I should share this with all of you, especially those of you who have school going kids, so you can be extra careful when handling strange calls. Please also advise your family and friends to be cautious.
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