Po­lice is­sue fraud alert

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

JOZINI po­lice urge the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant in light of re­cent cases of fraud and theft un­der false pre­tenses.

Many peo­ple in the uMkhanyakude clus­ter, par­tic­u­larly the Jozini area, have al­ready been af­fected.

Fraud­sters con­tact the vic­tim and pose as cell­phone ser­vice providers, in­form­ing the vic­tim of an al­leged sim swap.

Pan­ick­ing and trust­ing that the caller is in­deed, from a cell­phone ser­vice provider, the vic­tim agrees to give the caller their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

With this in­for­ma­tion in hand, the fraud­ster with­draws funds from the vic­tim’s bank ac­count.

In the cases of theft by false pre­tenses, cars are ad­ver­tised and be­cause the prices of the ve­hi­cles are so low, vic­tims will send a de­posit to the ‘seller’s’ bank ac­count to se­cure the deal.

These ad­verts are in fact, scams and the ‘seller’ makes off with the vic­tims’ money.

In the event of be­ing caught out by such scams, vic­tims must re­port the crime to their near­est po­lice sta­tion.

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