Scam Alert

By Drum Digital
26 September 2016

Liquor store owners beware - there is a new scam making its rounds with fraudsters sending SMSes posing as Liquor Licence authorities.

A recent incident took place in Ladysmith where an owner of a liquor store received a SMS requesting that he make a deposit of R250 for the renewal of his liquor licence.

However, after checking with the National Liquor Authority, he discovered that the bank details provided in the SMS was not that of the Liquor Authority.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) urges South Africans to verify banking details with the Liquor Authority before transferring money to would-be scammers.

KZN SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Thulani Zwane, warns South Africans against money-making scams, especially with the festive season coming up.

“Criminals always have ways to make money and they have many tricks to scam people,” he says.

Asked what victims should do when their money is taken, Zwane says it’s difficult to recover money that has been taken through a scam.

Instead he says police can trace phone numbers of those who send fraudulent SMSes and wants people to be alert of “too-good-to-be-true” offers from anonymous numbers and unfamiliar people.

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