SAPS warns public about fraudulent scams

2017-10-12 06:01

SAPS Verulam issued a warning to the public to refrain from giving their bank details to strangers pretending to be bank employees.
Communications officer, Captain Henry Kisten said there were two cases of fraud reported.

“In the first case the victim was approached by a man who pretended to be an employee from one of the banks in Verulam.

“The suspect wanted to reverse unknown debits from his account. The suspect asked for the victim’s banking details, which the complainant furnished.

“Minutes later the complainant received a message on his cellphone [alerting] him that an amount of R4 000 had been withdrawn from his account. A case of fraud was registered at the Verulam SAPS.”

Kisten said another victim (62) was robbed of R32 000.

“The victim met the suspect on Facebook and asked him to invest [his money] to a company called ‘Family Valuables.’

“The victim then deposited a cash amount of R32 000 into the suspect’s account. Later he realised it was a scam. A case of fraud is being investigated.

“The festive season is approaching and the public should not be gullible and fall prey to con artists.”

According to the card fraud statistics released by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric­) in April 2016, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Western Cape were leading with the highest number of fraud cases reported.

Sabric reported that debit card fraud increased by 3.1%, credit card increased by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016. Sabric warned bank clients to be vigilant of strangers offering to help ‘as they could be trying to distract you in order to get your card or PIN’.

Verulam CPF chairperson Duncan Dube said: “It’s a bit strange that we still have people who give out their bank details to strangers. We have been fighting this issue through the media and warned the public not to give their details to strangers.

“My advice is that if anyone experience problems at an ATM or in doubt about anything, they must go into the bank. That’s safe, rather than giving banking details to a stranger. The public must not be gullible.”

The public is advised to contact their nearest police station or alternatively call Verulam SAPS on 032 541 5214.

- Supplied.

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