Gauteng cops warn of new scam

2012-08-18 14:47

Johannesburg - A new scam could result in people losing thousands from their bank accounts, Gauteng police warned on Saturday.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the scam was targeted at businesses and in a recent incident, a businesswoman was conned out of R2 000.

"A person posing as a client called a woman who owned a catering company and requested a quotation. The caterer said she would charge R20 000 for the event," said Makhubela.

She reportedly asked for an upfront deposit of R10 000 but the 'client' deposited R14 000 instead.

"The client then called the woman, saying he needed her to deposit R2 000 back to him using the Shoprite Cash Send service."

It's alleged the woman sent the R2 000 back to the man, but hours later she received a message from the bank saying the R14 000 she had received earlier had been reversed.

She was no longer able to trace the man after the transaction.

"It's not the first time an incident like this has happened. Police are still trying to trace the culprit. But we are warning the public of this," Makhubela said.

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-18 15:05

    I don't understand surely the bank transaction and the accounts involved are traceable? With all this FICA stuff all the perpetrators information should be available? What's the point of FICA if it's not?

      ari.potah - 2012-08-18 15:59

      Banks are the LAST organisations to observe the FICA requirements.

      lungani.malevu - 2012-08-18 16:12

      Yes I agree with you. It happens because the so called FICA by banking system is useless. It was found out that a person with false details had used other person bank details to be debited without the bank verifying from the origional account owner validating and confirmimg of such agreement or contarct to debit from that account. When we ask the bank why should they allow such things they said they don't have control over the system other debiting institutions use to take money from THEIR CLIENTS accounts!!!. How pathetic can that happen. They banks are only intersted in the charges they get from their clients and nothing else. I think all debit orders should be verified(SIGNATURES, PHONE CALLS TO OWNERS OF ACCOUNTS etc) with cost paid by debiting companies; so to scoop out those filthy bankers/staff colluding with frauster and scammers. Just have an ATM despensing machine being faulty in dispensing your money and you will havet to wait for 30 days to get your money; Which means not all ATMs have cameras. because if they all have cameras why not within 24hrs such issues resolved as they will always be evidence form those cameras with all activities at that particular ATM. It is very sad situation we found ourselves in and noone seems to bother because it never hapens to the powers that be.

  • will.cronje.7 - 2012-08-18 15:09

    Something is fishy. Last time I had to reverse a transaction , I had to get written permission from the other account holder.

      stewart.laidlaw.5 - 2012-08-18 15:25

      Inside job bank.

      charmain.smith.71 - 2012-08-18 19:44

      They deposit a stolen cheque into your account, have a friend in the bank stamp the deposit slip that it was cash deposited and a day later the stolen cheque bounces. No electronic reversals etc.

  • Boerekos - 2012-08-18 16:26

    Almost happened to me. Fraudster "baught" Video camera from me, deposited R4500 for it with a stolen cheque. He also used a fake bank slip/stamp, and then fax the slip to you. I got the money in the bank, and saw that it was Cash (immediate transferable). ALSO he actualy paid R2000 too much by accident, which he asked to be send back with Checkers payment, which I did not do at first (Late Friday transaction!!) I only lost my camera.. The next week, I advertised my Laptop in a fake add. Another guy contacted me, and exactly the same happened, but I sent him an empty box... Trying to catch him at Postnet in JHB.. Police wont help me, so I aborted..

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-18 16:34

    Here is another scam that has been found. It involves people from around the world, not just a small scam like this one. This involves Millions of dollars. SEC Shuts Down $600 Million Online Pyramid and Ponzi Scheme FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2012-160 Washington, D.C., Aug. 17, 2012 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an emergency asset freeze to halt a $600 million Ponzi scheme on the verge of collapse. The emergency action assures that victims can recoup more of their money and potentially avoid devastating losses. The SEC alleges that online marketer Paul Burks of Lexington, N.C. and his company Rex Venture Group have raised money from more than one million Internet customers nationwide and overseas through the website, which they began in January 2011.

  • Phobos777 - 2012-08-18 16:35

    This is just takky reporting! As per the other port here, you cant just reverse a transaction and the tracing thing too, one always has to have an id to anything in a bank...unless it was an inside job.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-18 19:44

    Hallooooo Mr Moderator...... Yes I will say it again, it is either sloppy reporting or the Police is behind the times... This scam is ancient.. Don't you guys like the truth, remember I am one that is anti-information bill....

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-18 21:12

    Last comment deleted ...lets try again! There is nothing "new" about this scam, its about 5 years old already.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-18 21:31

      So was mine, hence the one just above yours. lol...

  • Gilles - 2012-09-16 09:46

    This is disgusting where is our Ubuntu Spirits gone to? Where is our values and norms? For sure we are in a big City but 'easy money comes, easy goes!!!!

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