Cyberheist suspects mum on accomplices

2012-02-06 22:22

Johannesburg - The suspects arrested for allegedly being part of a syndicate involved in the theft of R42m from Postbank are staying tight-lipped about their accomplices, a SA Post Office spokesperson said on Monday.

The three, two who are Post Office employees, were arrested after an"internal investigation", Sapo spokesperson Lungile Lose said.

Lose said the three did not reveal who the other members of the syndicate were.

He said a task team, forensic experts as well as Sapo staff were responsible for catching the three.

"Appreciation should be given to employees who are committed to uprooting corruption in the South African Post Office," Lose said.

The syndicate, believed to have knowledge of the post office's information technology system, apparently stole the money between January 1 and 3.

According to a report, the syndicate opened several Postbank accounts across the country late last year.

During the New Year holiday period, the thieves gained access to a Rustenburg post office employee's computer and made deposits from other accounts into their own.

Over the next three days, automated teller machines in Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal were used to withdraw cash from the accounts.

Postbank currently holds over R4bn in deposits, and processes millions of rands in social grants throughout the year.

The theft comes three years after the bank spent over R15m to upgrade its fraud-detection service.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-06 22:57

    I still say this was a government job.

  • John - 2012-02-06 23:37

    Come ANCYL....Lets nationalize it. Looks like a quick buck to be made there

      Paul - 2012-02-07 08:35

      It's already nationalised.

      George - 2012-02-07 09:04

      Who's mum is involved in this heist.Must be a fiesty one

  • Des - 2012-02-07 05:48

    Ain't it funny that the spokesman's surname is Lose !!!!

      Gufet - 2012-02-07 06:52

      The way U pronounce the surname is very different from what U think!

      phumlanii - 2012-02-07 07:18

      I like that one Des.

      Jou - 2012-02-07 07:21

      It's like other priceless names...Matreek Zemshen and Innocent...usually associated with those that have no high school diplomas and are criminals.

      Burtfred - 2012-02-07 08:24

      The head of the spoornet container depot at kazerne was Mr Missing.

  • Andre - 2012-02-07 07:13

    Hang them up by their big toes, that ought to make them squeal. it's our money they have stolen!

  • Wessel - 2012-02-07 07:16


      Idont - 2012-02-07 08:42

      ditto... honestly, its called a sence of humour

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-07 08:02

    WOW!! All that effort to put the money in your own account(most probaly where their salary goes) and then withdrawing it all within a day or two.

  • Maitseo - 2012-02-07 08:11

    tltltltltl how stupid can u be to try steal 42 million over 3 days then deposit it into ur own account???

      Seja - 2012-02-07 08:44

      Maitseo you clearly are slower than these thieves - Hope they didnt recruit you coz you would have been their weakest link! Obviously these people opened up their OWN FAKE ACCOUNTS!! they needed to do that so they could use their OWN POSTBANK CARDS linked to their OWN FAKE POSTBANK ACCOUNTS to withdraw cash from the system!!

      Malcolm - 2012-02-07 09:42

      No Maitseo, they’re quite clever actually they didn’t deposit any money into their own legitimate accounts. The PO employees used a work computer to transfer money from innocent victims’ accounts into fictitiously created accounts, opened purely for the purpose of theft; and then drew the cash at ATM's.

  • Seja - 2012-02-07 08:32

    Yeah we wanna know who they all are ... and more importantly where they stashed that loot!!

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-07 08:42

    they should have studied Hacking psychology books :) - they'd have learned some important points on erasing evidence.

  • Preshen - 2012-02-07 08:43

    I can not wait for the movie

  • brad.schafer3 - 2012-02-10 12:44

    Malema was making a withdrawl

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