SCAMS and FRAUD in South Africa

SCAMS all over South Africa is HUGE!
Majority of the scams reported on is from people getting a sms saying you have won LOTS of money.
We all can do with extra money and these crooks know this and how they do it is they say you have to contact them on a cell phone number to claim your price but then this is where they require you to pay the transaction fees up front to get the money or you need to purchase vouchers and send them the voucher codes. 
Then of course what happens… never hear from them again and you are the sucker.
The same goes for email scams, same tactics but they keep coming up with different scenarios on how to get money out of you.
Now one would think how can these crooks not be stopped because surely the police can track them down since we have to Rica our cell numbers!
But, I have spoken to a Carte Blanche journalist and she said to me that unfortunately these types of scams are very difficult to cover, it is nearly impossible to track the crooks down. And with regards to RICA, it's sadly a pointless system - one can buy a Rica-ed sim card for just R10 on a street corner - so there is no real way of tracking them down. 
Even with regards to the bank accounts - they are often opened with fictitious details or sometimes unrelated person would open the account for a fee and simply hand over the ATM card and PIN number to the crooks.
A simply way to prevent being scammed is to know that if you have “won money” it is likely to good to be true. 
But things to look out for is the following when you know something is not right.• You have to pay or buy something to claim your price!• The number you have to dial is a cell number and not a land line number.• Google the sms and see if other people got the same sms to see if it is a scam, it most likely is a SCAM! 

Report ID: 6312
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Nationwide
City/Town: Nationwide
Suburb: All
Address: All over South Africa
Crime Date/Time: 13 May 2014, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 13 May 2014, 12:05 PM
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  • Adele Curnick 17 Jul 2014, 04:17 PM

    mobmatic are at it again. my mother who is 78 does not have access to internet has been billed for R7-00 per day for 12 months without her knowledge. Autopage and MTN can not help her. only able to cancel debit. They are disgusting.

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