Beware of ATM fraudsters

2017-06-01 06:01

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STERN warning is being sent to the residents and bank clients on the North Coast to be vigilant of fraudsters targeting unsuspecting people withdrawing money from the ATMs.

Tongaat and Verulam police reported an increase in fraud cases where people are being robbed of their money by criminals on the internet and ATMs outside the banks.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie told the Weekly that there has been an increase in the number of fraud cases that occurred when cash is being deposited at a supermarket in the Tongaat CBD.

“Tongaat money market is a no go for sending money to family members due to the fact that we are experiencing lots of cases on our side whereby cash that was deposited ‘disappears’ when a person it was sent to go to withdraw it from the supermarket. It is unclear how the money disappears after it has been deposited. We would like to warn the community to stop making deposits at the money market.”

Captain Mark Prakasim said: “People responding to sales adverts on the internet should be very careful of fraudsters taking people’s money. In a recent incident, a woman deposited R4000 to company advertising shipment containers on the internet.

“She had received an email from the owner of the company requesting payment to be deposited at the bank before he could deliver the shipment container to her. After the deposit was made, the owner of the company did not reply on her emails. She reported the matter and a case of fraud was opened for investigation.”

Captain Prakasim warned the public to be extra vigilant of criminals targeting unsuspecting victims.

“In another case a woman was robbed of R8 000 cash when she went to withdraw money from the ATM in the Verulam CBD. According to the victim she told the police that she inserted her card into the slot and the ATM swallowed it. An unknown man, who was standing behind her, promised to assist her take the card out from the machine. In less than five minutes she received a message from the bank that R8 000 had been withdrawn from her bank account.

“The public must stop withdrawing money at night. We always advise the community to report to the bank when a card is swollen by the machine before they leave the ATM.” - Supplied.

 

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