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Beware of new cellphone scam

By Katlego Moeng | Nov 18, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 55 ]

CON ARTISTS are getting more sophisticated in how they swindle victims.

When Elias Mokoane of Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, recently noticed the words "Sim Swap" on his cellphone screen he should immediately have called his service provider

"It was on a Friday evening that I noticed the screen. I was tired and switched my cellphone off and slept. When I woke up and turned on the phone it still had the same message on the screen," Mokoane said. "I also had several missed calls but discovered that it was from strangers."

He called Vodacom.

Luckily for Mokoane all this was as a result of a technical mistake on Vodacom's side and was rectified.

He could have been a victim of a scam doing the rounds - which involves criminals sending authentic-looking SMSes, easily mistakable for the kind a bank would send.

The SMS will indicate a problem on your bank account and it would then assure you that a "consultant" would contact the prospective victim.

When the "consultant" subsequently makes contact, he or she would start confirming all of the victim's details, including banking account numbers, as well as the victim's kind of cellphone.

The fraudsters would then contact the victim's cellphone service provider and perform a SIM swap, which would enable them to receive One Time Pins and Random Verification Numbers from the victim's banking institution, and have access to the victim's bank accounts.

Vodacom spokesman Richard Boorman urged customers to contact their call centre should they receive an SMS notifying them of a SIM Swap they did not request.

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@Kii ,don't waste your time on that retard manyeke.Let him go out and murder every Nigerian he can find.

Nov 19, 2011 9:59 | 0 replies

This is all performed by people who worked at cellphone co's before. They have connections with people working at the banks providing them with our personal info.

Nov 18, 2011 12:35 | 0 replies

@Qhashi,

how insensitive can you be imagine calling all white south Africans racists and all black south African males rapists?. we have to grow up as to stand against all the things that divides us a a nation and as Africans.

Nov 18, 2011 12:31 | 0 replies

@kolobe
I agree with you my fellow South African and no offence to Nigerians.

We really need to be careful at all times

Nov 18, 2011 12:27 | 0 replies

@LBS
@Ubufebe
@sabza007
@Mozesh
@LADYB
etc.
you all need help.South African's problem can't be blamed on fellow Africans. you choose to blame the vulnerable Africans all the time for your problems instead of speaking out against the real evil and evil doers.

Nov 18, 2011 12:16 | 0 replies

@Manyeke
you really belong to the verwoerd era and i bet you are an apartheid beneficiary still seeking for the destruction of new South Africa in other to blame it on black leadership.

Nov 18, 2011 12:10 | 0 replies

@Ubufebe

Because government is allowing all these naaigee f.ucks into our lovely country. Where were these corrupt thugs during apartheid?

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The borders were controlled during apartheid.
The army actually did some useful work then - now who knows what the army does and anyone can walk across the border, and does.
No wonder we never catch up on the housing backlog and jobs are hard to get! :(

Nov 18, 2011 12:9 | 0 replies

@kolobe
you are not only xenophobic, you are a disgrace and a deceit. look at how many people you have already deceived. The problem with this type of analysis is, rather than solve any problem, they create more. Apart from xenophobic attacks which this is likely to start, it deceives our people in the sense that they would be waiting for a Nigerian voice or foreign voice to contact them before they would suspect scam. by so doing, the criminals would still defraud them by speaking other local languages. when issues are raised that affects us, let us remove hate and analyze it as to advice us in the best possible ways to minimize negative consequences.

Nov 18, 2011 12:7 | 0 replies

@Manyeke......hahaha. I agree with you though.Thats the only solution.Its either we stand up and protect our country and its assets or we stand by side and watch this beautiful country burns down to earth.

Nov 18, 2011 11:58 | 0 replies

Blame zuma on all this please !!!!!

Nov 18, 2011 11:45 | 0 replies

Hilarous, these people deserve Kangaroo Courts judgements_ that's where they could learn their lessons..

Nov 18, 2011 11:40 | 0 replies