Many fall for new, slick 419 scams
A LUCRATIVE job offer landed in Paul’s inbox, a position as a contract administrator at Zenith Construction and Mining Crusher in Accra, Ghana.
The perks included a personal driver and a 36- hour week, and when Paul (not his real name) asked if they could up the salary offer, they did, substantially.
But soon requests for money came.
He had to pay a courier fee of $180 (R2 387). Then they asked for a refundable fee of $1 000, required just in case he failed to show up for the job. Paul paid. Everything appeared legitimate.
“They even sent me a plane ticket. How did they get that?
“It was a KLM flight, business class,” says Paul.
Then there were also official- looking banking documents he had to fill out and sign, and receipts for the money he had paid.
Paul didn’t know it at the time, but he was being drawn into a new- look 419 scam, which are harder to spot than the old ones and far more slick.
“In the past you could spot them a mile away,” says Brigadier Piet Pieterse, section head of the Hawks’ cyber crime unit. “Now it is a quality approach; they are much more
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