Tow-truck tyranny: Hawks investigation on hold

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It would appear that the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit’s investigation into the local tow-truck industry’s fraud will not continue.

Also read: Tow truck tyranny: The industry’s dark underbelly

The Hawks’ assigned forensic investigator, Lieutenant Colonel Pieter Croucamp, said multiple attempts to get victims of the fraud to make affidavits have been unsuccessful. According to Croucamp, victims have repeatedly failed to honour appointments and his hands are tied since he can not direct the investigation to the correct channels if he does not have these all-important affidavits.

Also read: Video: Tow trucker seriously assaulted by rival tow-truckers

Multiple victims came forward saying they fell for the same scam. The scam involves tow-truck drivers pretending to call the driver’s insurance company on the accident scene. They will then say that the company has given them permission to tow the vehicle to their yard. Afterwards, the victim will find out the driver never spoke to the company and then has to fork out exorbitant amounts of money to get their vehicles released in order for their insurance company to cover the costs of repairing the vehicle.

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Riaan van Zyl

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