‘If it looks too good to be true - it usually is’

2015-06-25 06:00

Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress.

Phishing and fraud scams are methods of deceitfully obtaining personal information such as identity numbers, credit card details and passwords. It is done by sending e-mails, cellphone messages or telephone calls that look like they come from trusted sources, such as a banking institution or legitimate companies.

These e-mails or cellphone messages request that users click on a link in the e-mail, which will direct users to a hoax website, to obtain, verify or update contact details or other sensitive financial information.

These e-mails and messages also contain a contact number and person whom you should call, as you are promised you could win large sums of money.

The police urge the public to protect themselves against scams.

What do you do when you receive these requests:

•Never respond to e-mails or cellphone messages appearing to be from your bank, which request your personal information.

•Never provide your online ID, password or PIN to anyone and never

write them down or share them.

•Always log off or sign off at the end of a session.

•Do not leave your computer unattended after you have entered your banking details.

•Do not save your Internet banking password on your computer.

•Change your PIN and passwords frequently.

•Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it usually is

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