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Bogus prison wardens targets family of inmates

By Qudissiyah Kasu Bogus prison wardens are targeting the families of inmates by calling them up and telling them that they could secure the release of inmates for a nominal fee. The Western Cape Regional Commissioner Delekile Klaas said that it has come to their attention that there are individuals[…]

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Sassa dismisses false information scam

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has dismissed false information doing the rounds targeting social grant recipients. Sassa said in a statement on Monday that it was not true that its offices will be closed during the month of December and that beneficiaries will not receive their January payments.[…]

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Eskom warns against recruitment scam

Power utility Eskom has issued a warning to the public to be aware of a recruitment scam. “The fraudsters pretend to be recruiters for Eskom and solicit R1 500 from job seekers in order to secure employment,” Eskom said in a statement. “Once payment is received by these ‘recruiters’, would-be[…]

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City warns against housing scams

The City of Cape Town has warned potential subsidised housing beneficiaries against paying money towards individuals who promise guaranteed housing opportunities. The City has launched an investigation into several cases where members of the public have been duped into forking out ‘placement fees’ for registration onto the housing database, with[…]

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Carte Blanche uncovers tow truck scam

Unscrupulous tow truck drivers have branched into giving crashed vehicles a quick makeover so that they will be roadworthy and the owners can lodge successful insurance claims, according to a report broadcasted by Carte Blanche on Sunday. ”The reason we did it, is tow truck operators allow local transport operators[…]

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Report Sassa scammers

Grant recipients have again been warned not to divulge their personal or Sassa account details, after reports of a scam artist attempting to coax elderly beneficiaries into giving up their I.D and Sassa card numbers. The individual, operating under the alias Shamielah Booysen, has allegedly been contacting recipients in the[…]

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SANZAF warns of scammer

Community members have been warned about a scam artist who has been operating in Athlone collecting on behalf of the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF). The con artist, who goes under the alias of Shamielah Booysen, has been targeting unsuspecting residents in Bridgetown, Silvertown, Parktown and Bonteheuwel. SANZAF said it[…]

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Pensioners urged to avoid divulging Sassa info

The South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) has been hit by a new scam targeting pensioners and the more vulnerable grant recipients. The scam sees individuals acquiring the details of recipients, before cloning their cards and using it to buy services such as electricity and airtime. The Department of Social[…]

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Scamsters cash in on VOC’s name

VOC has been the victim of two money-making scams in just a few days. In the latest ruse, a young man is reported to be selling Treasure magazine at an increased price claiming the funds are for VOC. Other reports were that the same man was selling bogus subscriptions for[…]

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