Fraud accounts illegal

2016-06-30 06:00

The Hawks have warned citizens to stop opening bank accounts for fraudsters.

According to the Hawks’ Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda, they have noticed a trend in people receiving money from fraudsters and end up becoming subjects of investigation.

“Members of the community agree to open bank accounts and thereafter hand over the bank card to the person who requested them to do so.

Criminals who hack people’s online banking details use those recklessly opened bank accounts to distribute the money online and make withdrawals throughout the country,” said Netshiunda.

The Hawks are issuing a stern warning to people who open bank accounts not to give their cards and pin numbers to anyone, or risk becoming accomplices to various crimes.

“Over 55 suspects, most of them Nigerian nationals have so far been arrested for crimes varying from internet fraud, phishing and sim swap fraud.

The account numbers used by these suspects to transfer money were found to have been legally opened by South Africans who voluntarily handed over their cards and pin numbers for a fee,” he added.

He also added that online dating has also become another way in which criminals use to defraud unsuspecting women.

“Those who visit those sites are advised not to deposit or transfer any money without verifying if they are chatting with a fraudster or a potential companion.

Two women have recently been defrauded of R900 000 and R170 000 by Nigerian fraudsters, he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.