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Assistant Postman Scammed Out Of Rs 30,000

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Suspended from his duties, an assistant letter carrier had no idea when he received a phone call during the day on Tuesday April 5. A woman, who presented herself as a civil servant, made him believe that she was going to give him his letter for his return to work. An appointment was given to him and during this meeting, this woman asked him for a sum of Rs 30,000, which would represent the cost of papers. Without asking any questions, the assistant letter carrier made this payment but after a while, he realized that he had been duped.

It is at the police station of Saint-Pierre that this 35-year-old assistant letter carrier, who lives in a village in the region, went on the morning of Wednesday, April 6, to report this case of fraud. In his complaint, he gave the history of his professional life. Employed as an assistant letter carrier, he was suspended from his duties since March 22, 2022. On Tuesday, April 5, around noon, he explained that he received a phone call from a woman, who informed him that she was waiting for him near the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) office in St. Pierre with a letter for his return to work.

On the same day, at approximately 1:45 p.m., the assistant mailman went to meet the woman in the courtyard of the CAB in St. Pierre. This woman, who identified herself as a civil servant, was holding a file with the name of this assistant letter carrier. She seemed to know the staff of the post office well, and she led him to believe that she had been delegated by the Human Resources Department. She even mentioned the name of the manager and told him that the Postmaster confided in her that he reeked of alcohol when he came to work and that he was often late.

To take possession of his letter, he had to pay a sum of Rs 30 000. So the assistant letter carrier withdrew and gave him the required amount. The thirty-year-old was all excited after learning that he would be returning to work on Monday, April 11. In the late afternoon, the assistant mailman contacted the human resources manager at the post office about the matter. He was shocked to learn that this was not true.

An investigation was initiated at the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Moka to track down this woman. The investigators viewed several cameras in Safe City for this purpose.

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