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Wanele's ID theft shock

By Sne Masuku | Jul 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A KWAZULU-NATAL woman has fallen victim to a fraudulent identity scam being operated in Durban.

Montclair Civil engineer Wanele Somzana has found out that she and a stranger share the same name and ID number.

The person, who is in possession of fraudulent copies of Somzana's identity document, bank details and pay slip, has also withdrawn R3000 from her bank account.

Somzana, 26, a mother of two, says she got a shock when a cellphone service provider called and told her her application had been approved.

"When I told the provider I had not applied for a contract phone they insisted that I visit the shop to look at the documents I had submitted with the application," Somzana says.

She says the names and ID numbers on the fraudulent ID document are hers, though the photo is of a woman she had never met.

She says the service provider agreed to hold the application back and to investigate the matter.

"But it was too late," she says. "The fraudster had already opened two other cellphone contracts with other shops in Durban.

"I was also shocked when I realised that R3000 was debited from my bank account for two different cellphone contracts."

Somzana says she is trying to track down the culprit to clear her name.

Police spokesperson Khephu Ndlovu confirms that Somzana has opened a case at the Berea police station and that the police are investigating.


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