WATCH OUT FOR SCAM LET­TERS, CEN­TRE WARNS

Weekend Witness - - Scene Around -

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.

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