SAPS warns public about SMS scam

2016-04-14 06:00

THE SAPS has issues a warning to the public to be aware of a fraudulent scam in which victims receive a text message stating that a SAPS case has been opened against them.

Once they respond to the numbers provided by the fraudsters, money is extorted from them.

The scam came to the SAPS’s attention after a case had been reported in Rosebank, Gauteng in January.

This was followed by other cases with the same modus operandi that were reported in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, North West, and Limpopo.

The victims received a SMS sayinging that a SAPS case had been opened against them and that they had to contact a Constable Baloyi at 060 800 8148. Other random names and various contact numbers were also given.

When the victims responded to the SMS, they were informed that a warrant of arrest had been issued for a traffic fine and that they needed to pay a certain amount, which had to be deposited into an FNB account with number 62017066201 or Absa account number 4054021171.

The public is warned not to fall victim to the scam.

Should anyone receive an SMS like this, they must contact their nearest police station.

Alternatively, contact Detective Lieutenant DK Hattingh of the National­ Investigation Unit at 079 695 0293 or email Hatting

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