Alert! Watch Out For Post Office Scammers And Their Latest ‘Package Steal’ Trick


It’s very great to know that people are getting smarter each day, thanks to technology and what have you.

But for goodness sake, smartness should be channeled to very profitable businesses and all that. Not using it to defraud, double-cross and cause pains to people.

Of a truth, the rate at which scammers hookwink unsuspecting and potential victims has been very alarming. We all know that these ‘monsters’ do not only go online, they have really advanced. We meet them everywhere- in schools, offices, worship centers and so on.

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However, you really need to watch out for them if have any transaction with the post office. This time, these fraudsters are out to suck potential victims dry via ‘package theft’.

According to the SA Post Office, the scam works this way:

First, they deliver a sealed package to your doorstep or workplace‚ bearing the branding of the SA Post Office’s courier division‚ Speed Services.

Second, you open it up to find a laminated certificate claiming that a substantial amount of money has been paid into a Postbank account opened in your name.

Then they will ask you to activate that Postbank account in order to claim your “winnings” by paying an “activation fee” into another account- of course, their designated account.

Whenever it gets at this point, SA Post Office says you are on the verge of being duped. I guess you know what next to do. You are however advised to ignore such packages when you receive them.

“Postbank‚ the SA Post Office and its other subsidiaries would never open an account on your behalf and request an activation fee” says the organization’s spokesperson.

The organization also warned South Africans to be wary of any promises of large sums of winnings for competitions they never took part in.

On a happy note, the SA Post Office assured the public that it is working with law enforcement agencies to trace the perpetrators of this scam.

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Meanwhile, members of the public with relevant information are requested to call the police or the Post Office’s Crimebuster Hotline on 0800 020 070

Post Office Crisis To Be Resolved

On the other hand, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele says government is working hard to bring normalcy to the South African Post Office (Sapo).

Also, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) suspended its two-day national strike over a 10 percent wage increase following a meeting with management.