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Played for fuels: damsel in distress is a con artist, say ‘duped’ Samaritans

It’s one of the oldest scams in the book, but this Boksburg woman has taken it to a new level, claim her alleged victims

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Mary-Jane Pieters carries her bible with her wherever she goes, but whether the former Sunday school teacher is simply a mother trying to feed her family, or a well-practised con artist, depends on who you ask.

The 29-year-old has become infamous on Joburg’s East Rand, using an age-old “petrol money” scam kicked into high gear, according to those who say they were duped.

At first blush she looks like your quintessential, and heavily pregnant, damsel in distress. With her car hazards flashing and her five-year-old son inside, concerned motorists dip into their wallets to get her on her way...

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