‘Winners’ losing money

2016-10-18 06:00

Locals keep losing money in the rabbit holes of unknown bank accounts. Various cases of fraud have been reported at the Steenberg Police Station in recent months.

Steenberg police spokesperson Warrant Officer John Bartlett says he is concerned that people still act on advertisements, emails or SMSes to pay an amount of money into unknown accounts.

In the majority of cases, the victim is informed the have won a prize but must first pay a fee.

“In one case the victim was told that she had won a huge amount of cash. But first she would have to deposit money into an account before she would get a code to withdraw her prize money. The victim found out later, after she had deposited the money, that the transaction was fraudulent.

“Businesses must be on the lookout for suspects utilising fraudulent cards to make purchases. One business gave cash for a gift card and it was discovered that the card was fraudulent,” Bartlett says.

“We are requesting the community to report these cases,” says Bartlett.

V Such incidents can be reported at a local police station or call Crime Stop at 0860 010 111.

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