The Westonaria Police warned the community of a scam whereby people are being defrauded of their money.
Raymond Sebonyane, Westonaria Police spokesperson released a statement in this regard on Wednesday, 8 August. He said that cases reported at the Westonaria Police showed that people’s money is stolen when they send it to their loved ones. There are cases where people receive calls from strangers introducing themselves as store managers, informing them that the person he/ she has send the money to, is at the store and is struggling to withdraw the money. The caller will then request a pin code from the sender to ‘help’ the person withdraw the cash.
He said in other cases where people send money to someone in another province, someone else, not the beneficiary, withdraws the cash in that province. Sometimes syndicate members pretending to be bank employees call their victims and request them to verify their identity. Then they ask for the PIN number the victims use to do their cellphone banking, sometimes even asking the victim to press some number on the cellphone. Once the victim has done everything as requested, the phone no longer works and the syndicate transfers money from the victim’s account to another unknown account.
The Westonaria Police appeal to the public to make sure that they –
• do not accept any assistance from any stranger when doing bank transactions
• do not show their PIN to anyone, not even to a teller
• do not lend their ID book to anyone, even if they say they have forgotten theirs or that they are foreigners and their passports will not be accepted as a form of identification
• send the message about the money being transferred to the right person at right cellphone number; and have double-checked the number before they send it
• do not give out personal details to strangers during a cellphone call
• do not allow others to use their bank accounts, not even close relatives
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