Man Loses R10,000 in a Desperate Attempt to Win the Lottery
A Cape Flats man has sold his car and lost R10,000 to a phoney traditional healer who took advantage of him in a time of extreme despair.
After losing his job and then his home, the 37 year old father of one says that he visited a traditional healer out of pure desperation in an attempt to win the lottery.
He saw the ad for Doc (the name the traditional healer gives himself) in his local paper and then another time on a pamphlet that he had been given. It claimed that ‘Doc’ can help a person win the lottery.
“I was so desperate, I called,” he explains. “I lost my job and because I had no income, I also lost my house.”
A few days later he visited Doc and made a payment of R350 just so that he could tell him what his problems were.
He then went back a second time in order to choose his numbers for the lottery game that night. This is when he apparently heard voices.
“They said ‘hello my son’ and I said ‘hello’ back. They asked me how I was doing and I told them what I’m there for – when it was all over the traditional healer said it was fine and the ancestors would sort it out for me.”
Disappointment ensued the next day when there was no lottery win for him.
On his third encounter when he informed Doc of the fact that he didn’t win the lottery, the bogus healer told him that “the ancestors didn’t want me to play the Lotto but that they had something bigger in store for me.”
“He said my forefathers had left me a fortune worth R1.5 million and that they want me to have that.”
A large case was revealed containing lots of R100 notes that the man says he wasn’t allowed to touch.
“Then, as he turned off the lights... the ancestors spoke to me, this time they said I must make an offering of two cows but I told them I didn’t have the money to buy cows but I could sell my car.”
So he did, leaving the money with Doc as his offering.
The scam went even further, getting him to open three bank accounts, asking the man to buy six spotless black chickens, there seemed to be no end to the nonsensical demands.
He finally stopped seeing the healer after he got completely fed up with it all. He is now living like a beggar, desperate to find a way to get his money back from this man whom he was so certain would help him.
If you ever suspect someone of fraudulent activity and claiming that they can help you to win the lottery, contact the National Lotteries head office to check on their authenticity. Chances are that it is just another version of a lottery scam. Make sure that you know how to recognise and avoid a scam that could end up costing you a lot of money.