Holiday swindler goes on the run

Alleged holiday swindler, Francois Swart, has gone on the run after he was accused of defrauding holiday companies in Modimolle of millions of rands.

Swart, the managing director of travel agency Priority Escapes, is said to have defrauded many would-be holidaymakers of hundreds of thousands of rands.

Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, spokesperson for Limpopo police, stated, “According to the information available at this stage, a case of fraud was opened at the Modimolle police station in August. The complainant alleged that two companies were defrauded of more than R130,000 by Priority Escapes.”

The alleged fraud took place when Swart received full payment from the complainant for holiday arrangements, but failed to fulfill his obligations.

“The misrepresentation was furthered when the suspect issued documents purporting that the holiday was arranged and paid in full. It has since been confirmed that the documents the complainants received are false,” said Mashaba.

In light of the allegations, the police have issued a warrant of arrest for Swart.

They are now appealing to the public for any information regarding his whereabouts.

Individuals who have knowledge of Swart’s location are encouraged to contact Crime Stop on 086-001-0111 or the nearest police station. They can also use the My SAPS App to provide information.

Holiday scams are unfortunately not uncommon and it is important for consumers to remain vigilant when booking their vacations.


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