Beware of crooks who’re out there to swindle, South African Police Service (SAPS) warns. The fraudsters according to SAPS, are swindling South Africans with SAPS SMS.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the victims received a SAPS SMS which informed them that a SAPS case has been opened against them. Addressing the public today, SAPS related that the victims were extorted once they responded to the numbers the fraudsters provided.
The police disclosed that they got to learn about the unscrupulous trickery scheme used to defraud others after a case was reported in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in January.
After that, other cases with the same modus operandi emerged and so far, have been reported in Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, North West, and Limpopo.
SAPS delineate that “the victims received a SMS stating that a SAPS case had been opened against them and that they had to contact a Constable Baloyi at 060 800 8148.”
Don’t look out for that name and number alone. SAPS said “other random names and different contact numbers were also given.”
They further narrated that “when the victims responded to the SMS, they were informed that a warrant of arrest had been issued for a traffic fine and that they needed to pay a certain amount, which had to be deposited into an FNB account with number 62017066201 or ABSA account number 4054021171.
“You are warned not to fall for this scam. In case you receive this kind of SMS, please contact your nearest police station,” SAPS stated. If you’re not okay with that, you’re free to contact Detective Lieutenant DK Hattingh of the National Investigation Unit (NINU) at 079 695 0293.