WALVIS BAY – The Walvis Bay municipality has warned residents against paying money to a third party or into any municipal account to secure plots.
This follows after the municipality was alerted of a possible scam in which people are being misled and given an account number belonging to the municipality to make payments that will allow them to secure plots.
The availability of land and housing has been one of the major challenges residents of Walvis Bay have been facing, as a result, they become targets of unscrupulous scammers.
The Walvis Bay council in December last year cancelled the auction of several plots at the town, to make sure that the plots are not sold to those that are already in possession of houses and land.
A spokesperson for the municipality, Anita Kaihiva on Thursday afternoon in a statement said people are being misled that random payments can secure them the plots in the future.
“The payments, allegedly, are serving as down payments on these unidentified erven. It should be noted, however, that any public sale of erven will be formally announced via the municipality’s approved channels of communication,” she said.
According to Kaihiva, any other announcement purportedly on behalf of the municipality should be treated with suspicion, if no official communication is used.
She then urged residents not to be deceived in this manner, and to refrain from making unknown payments into any of the municipality’s bank accounts without any reference number.
Kaihiva also reminded residents to provide the correct reference numbers, preferably the eight-digit account numbers, when legitimate payments are made.
Those who have been targeted should contact Johanna Shidute on 064-2013293, she said.