Phishing Scam: Beware Of IEC Emails Doing The Rounds In The Country


The attention of South Africans has been drawn to a recent email making rounds in the country. According to the SA Independent Electoral Commission, “the emails are being distributed by the ‘Independent Elections Council’ under the email address [email protected] and have ‘Electronic Voting Testing Phase’ in the subject field.”

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Speaking further, the SA Independent Electoral Commission says the fraudulent designed the whole process in a way that, unsuspecting users are automatically logged on a site that has similar features with the Independent Electoral Commission of SA, once they click a link attached to the email.

And once the link gets open, the fraudulent IEC web address then request users to input their login details like their names and other sensitive and personal information. Once this is done, the fraudsters automatically swindle unsuspecting users.

South Africans are therefore warned to overlook any email distributed by [email protected] by refraining from clicking or opening hyperlinks attached to it, as they would end up getting swindled.

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The phishing scam is gradually becoming trendy in South Africa. Sadly, most faceless fraudsters behind these scams leave most victims devastated and shattered.

In March, several clients of the First National Bank (FNB) who were caught in the web of what looked like phishing scam raised alarm after losing hundreds and thousands of rands to fraudsters.

The aggrieved clients accused workers in the bank of internally colluding with the fraudsters to deduct huge some of the money from their bank accounts without their permission.

Disgruntled customers are taking on the bank, saying it must explain how transactions went through without their consent.

Although the FNB denied the allegation, David Klatzow, a forensic investigator, who spoke for the victims, argued that the fraudsters flock together with some workers and also have inside knowledge into how the system operates.