SAPS warn of festive season scams

2015-11-12 06:00

POLICE are warning communities about the many scams that will be doing the rounds this festive season.

Residents are urged to be vigilant not to enter into any conversation over the phone where personal and private information is requested.

The public is also urged not to disclose that they have money in a bank account to anyone.

This comes after an old lady was scammed in Ladysmith. According to the police the woman was brushed by a man going past her. Immediately a woman appeared and told her that the man had rubbed muthi on her.

The victim was then told to withdraw money because if she doesn’t the money won’t be safe in the bank and the suspect offered to help her to keep the money safe.

The suspect convinced the victim that she would ask a police friend to accompany her to the bank to withdraw the money and the woman was convinced. She was then accompanied by two women and a man to a bank in Bergville where she withdrew the money. The lady was then asked to place her bank card, pin number and the cash in an envelope so that it could be kept safe, which she did.

On the way back they left the lady at the entrance to Hambrook area and handed her an envelope.

At home she discovered that the envelope contained scrap paper and she was robbed R29 000.

Police warn that there is also a “sim swop scam” doing the rounds.

With this scam a person receives a call on their cellphone and the caller convinces the person that the call is from a cellphone service provider.

The suspect claims that the person’s sim card is problematic and they require their identity number and personal details in order to rectify the problem.

The person is warned that while they sort out the problem the sim card will be out of order for a short amount of time. A short while later the person finds that their cellphone does not work.

What the person only later discovers is that a sim swop has been done and banking transactions have taken place, which they have not authorised. In some instances the person will later discover that small loans have also been taken out in the person’s name.

- Supplied.

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