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hpcsaIndependent Media reports that a man purporting to be a Hawks official is allegedly approaching foreign doctors, accusing them of crimes and demanding that they pay him so they don’t get arrested and struck off the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) roll.

The man has also created a fake letter to make the scam look real and is said to have approached at least three doctors – two in Gauteng and one in the Eastern Cape. The HPCSA has called on other doctors who have fallen victim to the man to get in touch with them. Spokesperson for the HPCSA, Eric Mphaphuli, said the matter came to their attention when the worried doctors reported the scam to them. Mphaphuli said the man accused the doctors of having sold medical certificates and allegedly demanded amounts ranging from R75,000 to R1.5-million or else they would be struck off the roll. The letter the man sent to the doctors read: “The Inspectorate Office under the ambit of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), conducted a sting operation to apprehend a suspected bogus practitioner and non-compliant with the HPCSA’s rules of conduct.” The letter then included the name of the targeted doctor in a different font at the bottom. “The letter is a fake one, he probably used information from the website when we issue statements. He did not speak to these doctors face to face but rather sent them the letter and spoke to them over the phone,” said Mphaphuli.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Botho Molosankwe at Independent Media

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