Scam alert: Now hackers are using coronavirus panic to spread malware

2020-03-11 18:16

Already, 2 673 cybercrime attempts have been detected involving fake coronavirus solutions, and the distribution of 513 unique scam files.

Namibia just banned the Crowd1 get-rich-quick scheme as a pyramid. SA is its biggest market.

2020-02-24 16:50

Though money flow is hard to measure, the Crowd1 website draws the vast majority of its traffic from South Africa – suggesting South Africans will be hardest hit when it collapses, as the Bank of Namibia predicts.

ATM fraud a biggie in Cape Town CBD over festive season

2019-12-21 07:01

ATM fraud is usually one of the most prevalent crimes in Cape Town's CBD over the festive period, according to the Cape Town Central City Improvement District.

Beware new scam, warns BRICS New Development Bank

2019-12-03 14:44

The BRICS countries' New Development Bank warns of an e-mail scam in which criminals, posing as bank employees, are trying to defraud the public.

Warning: Criminals are impersonating SA CEOs and other execs to steal money

2019-09-25 09:30

Criminals impersonate senior managers and send email requests to junior staff in the accounting or finance function requesting that an urgent payment be made to a specific beneficiary.

Beware tax refund scam, Kaspersky warns

2019-08-29 20:28

A wave of fraudulent tax refund letters has been launched at unsuspecting taxpayers globally, according to a Kaspersky report.

Couple scam friends and family by faking birth and death of their ‘newborn’

2019-08-19 15:25

For months Geoffrey and Kaycee Lang from Pennsylvania in the US pretended to be pregnant, even going as far as posting regular updates on Kaycee’s expanding baby bump.

SA digital banking fraud soars 75% in a year

2019-06-26 13:00

The SA Banking Risk Information Centre has found that reported incidents of digital banking fraud grew by 75% between 2017 and 2018, as criminals increasingly used social engineering tactics to steal money.

South Africans are losing hundreds of thousands of rands to immigration fraudsters offering jobs in Canada in ‘the perfect scam’

2019-06-10 13:38

South African families are each paying up to R80,000 – and in one reported instance R100,000 – for services that promise to get them into the likes of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. And they are unlikely to recover their money, thanks to the consequences of admitting having been victim to an immigration scam.


Banking body warns of coronavirus scams targeting panicked public

2020-03-17 17:49

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre acting CEO, Susan Potgieter, says spoofed emails often look convincingly legitimate and, in the fog of panic, clients might click on a risky link where they would usually think twice.

Hackers are getting better at tricking people into handing over passwords — here's what to look out for

2020-03-02 18:51

Phishing scams are on the rise, and costing over $57 million from more than 114,000 victims in the US last year, according to the FBI.

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said he likely fell for a phishing scam. Here's how phishing scams work and how to avoid them.

2020-01-10 18:00

Krugman tweeted that he received a phone call indicating that hackers downloaded child pornography on his WiFi network.

SA second-worst in the world for spam SMSes

2019-12-03 19:24

South Africa is one of the most spammed countries in the world - and it also ranks among the worst offenders for phone scams, according to a new report by caller ID and spam blocking app Truecaller.

With all the Black Friday excitement, here's how to ensure that you're cyber-safe for Cyber Monday

2019-11-28 15:32

Getting hacked or defrauded should be the last thing you deal with when you're trying to score the best deals and save money.

10 top tips to avoid property and rental scams

2019-09-22 14:44

Technological advances have made it easier for scammers to prey on unsuspecting buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and agents, says an expert at Seeff.

Women are being paid to use dating apps to lure male investors into highly-leveraged trades in Australia

2019-08-27 10:00

Australian regulators are cracking down on "contracts for difference" (CFDs), a risky derivative product that often leveraged 200 to 500 times.

Scam alert: Property sellers warned of 'fake buyers'

2019-08-03 13:57

Real estate agents and property sellers can fall victim to "'fake buyers", according to Gerhard van der Linde, Seeff's managing director in Pretoria East.

Expect advanced phishing attacks on smart phones, warns cyber security expert

2019-06-13 09:00

Next year will likely become known for advanced phishing attacks on smart phones, according to a cyber security expert.

Mobile wallets a drawcard for cyber criminals – Kaspersky expert

2019-05-02 06:01

Mobile wallets are extremely attractive to cyber criminals, according to Fabio Assolini, senior security researcher at global cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.

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