Cops nail conman – Daily Dispatch
Police have arrested a handyman who allegedly conned a Dorchester Heights woman out of more than R5 000 by promising her that he refurbish her floor, but then disappearing with her money.
The man was arrested in the Quigney on Tuesday afternoon after he was lured into a trap set up by the woman and the police.
And the Daily Dispatch goes on to say:
Have you had any run-ins with a conman under similar circumstances? Do you have work that’s half-left because somebody disappeared with your hard-earned cash? Blog now and tell us your tails [sic].
So here’s my “tail”.
In November 2001 my wife responded to an ad in the Pretoria News in which someone was advertising to do building work. We wanted some additional rooms built on to our house. The man who placed the ad was one Lukas Neethling. He submitted plans to the municipality, got them approved, laid the foundations, and then disappeared with the money without completing the work.
The conman in question was Lukas Neethling, ID: 590713 5146 08 3.
He drove a metallic blue Audi 500 SE, registration MNS 570 GP with “Ich liebe Sudwest” sticker on the boot lid. His cell phone number was 082-410-5440.
A Pretoria lawyer promised to try to locate him, but never managed to do so.