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7 Safety Tips to Protect Consumers against Identity Fraud

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The following are seven recommendations for consumers to follow to help minimize their risk and impact of identity fraud: Be smart on social media – Social media can help you keep up-to-date on your friends lives, but can also help fraudsters stay up-to-date too. Reviewing your social media security settings to make sure that your […]




On Staying Safe Online

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Staying safe online and securing your information is as much your responsibility as it is your bank or telecommunications provider’s. Cell C’s executive head of forensic services, Jacqueline Fick, and the executive head of Striata Document Solutions, Greg Gatherer, said users must take charge of their online safety. “Your bank or provider may have insurance […]




A complete list of 109 fraud and scam types

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Just as you work hard to preserve your money and assets so too are there people working feverishly to steal your money from you in ever increasing, creative ways. 0-9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | L | M | N | […]




Suggested Plan of Action for when that UNSUBSCRIBE Fails

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It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.




South Africa one of the top 40 spam producing countries

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Cape Town – South Africa is among the world’s top 40 sources of spam, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab. South Africa was ranked 36th as a global source of spam in the third quarter of 2015, Kaspersky Lab told Fin24. In the company’s ‘Spam and Phishing in Q3 2015’ report, it found that SA […]




Deadly phishing syndicates use emotions to scam people

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Syndicates prey on people’s emotions online to extract money from them or use them as pawns in criminal enterprises, according to the section head of the police’s electronic crime unit. Some victims even continue paying the criminals despite being warned by their family or the police, Brigadier Piet Pieterse told News24 this week. The unit, […]




Increase In Identity Fraud In South Africa Impacting Consumers’ Credit Records

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Recent statistics provided by the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) reveal that identity fraud is on the increase in South Africa which is a concerning trend in a country where consumers rely strongly on credit. Based on the year-to-date figure, 1 370 cases had been reported to the SAFPS as at the end of […]




Ways to avoid phishing: Susan Potgieter

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Bank card fraud in South Africa is costing consumers millions. Card skimming and phishing remain extensive and with fraudsters using newer methods to fleece unsuspecting victims, we need to be ever more vigilant warns the South African Banking Risk Information Centre – SABRIC, well to tell us more is the General Manager Commercial Crime Office […]




5 Online Banking Security Basics Tips

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Follow these useful online banking security basics and you will be fine: Banks will NEVER ask you for your Internet Banking password or security token passwords by electronic message or telephone. ALWAYS keep your username, password and security token passwords secret. NEVER use a link or an attachment in any message to access Internet Banking. […]




South African Finance ministry sounds alarm on 419 scams

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The Minister of Finance and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) have issued a warning to South Africans about bogus letters and emails which claim to be from the Minister and other senior public officials. The scams use what looks like the logos of the FIC and other state institutions. “The FIC is aware of these […]


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Ever Wondered How People Create Phishing Sites?

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According to this YouTube Video – as easy as pie. Watch how the creator takes you through creating a Facebook Log In page and how by changing one line of the Facebook Source code and uploading two files – an index.html and one PHP file – to a free hosting service the phishers are able […]




Insurer Saves $2.4 Million in Fraudulent Claims

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IBM today announced that Santam, South Africa’s leading short term insurance company, has saved $2.4 million on fraudulent claims in the first four months of using IBM business analytics software. The analytics software has enhanced Santam’s fraud detection capabilities and also enabled faster payouts for legitimate claims. “IBM and OLRAC-SPSolutions have helped us build a […]




Electronic Communications and Transactions Act

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According to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 No. 25 of 2002, the following is applicable to unsolicited communications: Section 45: Unsolicited goods, services or communications: Any person who sends unsolicited commercial communications to consumers, must provide the consumer with the option to cancel his or her subscription to the mailing list of that person; […]