5 types of internet scams South Africans need to wary of
Fraudsters are increasingly targeting South Africans online with multiple scams.
The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has published a report with the most prominent internet scams affecting locals.
FIC's Theunis Aldrich says a lot of new scams are emerging online. He says popular ones include:
- pornography extortion scam
- fake online shopping scams
- online gaming fraud
- kidney donor charity scams
- dating site scams
The FIC report aims to raise awareness in an effort to help South Africans stay informed and be alert.
According to Aldrich, many single and lonely South African women are being targeted in romantic online scams.
We see lots of new scams continuously coming out.Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre
These guys are getting clever and they are pulling out scams that are tailor-made for their victims.Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre
We've all read the media reports on the pornography extortion scam. That's a new one.Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre
There's a kidney donor scam doing the rounds.Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre
The romance scams are never-ending.Theunis Aldrich Manager, Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre
Other scams include inheritance fraud, courier service scams, and fake jobs scams.
Read the FIC report to learn more about how the scams work.
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