SIM swop & ATM fraud on the increase
NW – “Beware of a wide variety of fraudulent transactions. Be proactive and vigilant!” brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, police spokesperson, warned on Tuesday, 16 January.
A spike in fraudulent activities is taking place in: Tlhabane, Rustenburg, Potchefstroom, Mmabatho, Mahikeng, Klerksdorp, Brits and Hartbeespoortdam – especially over weekends.
The suspects are very innovatived. They swipe unsuspecting consumers’ bank cards and defraud them at automated teller machines (ATMs).
In some other cases, consumers would receive calls requesting them to confirm their cell phone numbers or at least four digits thereof. Once that is done, they would then experience problems with their cell phones and are forced to switch them off. They would realise upon switching them on that their SIM cards have been blocked. The suspects would then do SIM swaps without the victim’s consent and access their accounts.
According to Mokgwabone, members of the community are hereby advised to apply the following safety tips as part of preventative measures:
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