WATCH OUT FOR SCAM LETTERS, CENTRE WARNS
THE Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has warned the public to be on guard for scam letters purporting to be sent out by the Financial Intelligence Centre.
Murray Michell, the director of the FIC, said: “Most commonly, these e-mailed letters appear to be from the FIC as the name of our organisation and an officiallooking logo appears at the top of the letter. The recipient is advised that money is due to be paid over to him or her and that he or she should contact someone named in the letter to activate the payment. In most cases, the person to be contacted is not in South Africa.”
Michell urged the public to be very cautious about responding to such e-mails, or similar SMSs or calls.
“It is highly unlikely that any of us will acquire large amounts of cash without knowing anything about it beforehand. Unexpected windfalls may arise from winning a competition you have entered, at a casino, or an inheritance after the death of a family member, but it is not likely that you will qualify for millions of rand on the basis of an e-mail from someone you do not know,” he said.
FIC advised people to delete the mail from their computer or phone. — WWR.