[Hoax?] Vodacom impersonators taking cellphone number and IMEI for a "new" deal of 5GB data

RuhanSA079

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Hello,

My father forwarded me a voicenote of a poliesman talking and warning of people in Shoprite, Boxer and Checkers, saying they are Vodacom representatives, offering people 5GB of free data, but need the cellphone number and IMEI number.

After taking the details, the phone must stay off for two hours, in order for the "extra data to take effect"

Meanwhile, the thieves do a CashSend to a ATM, boom. Gone is your money.
This sounds entirely possible?

Do they report your phone as stolen, und proceed with the classic sim-swop?
or do they go the hardcore way of impersonating your cellphone number and IMEI with a hacktool? --> Not sure if possible, they need the IMSI as well?
 

Compton_effect

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That is not a how a cashsend works. Even to transfer airtime requires a PIN Code.
Its a hoax
 

ambroseg1

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How do they magically do a cashsend from your internet banking I assume, with only a sim card and imei number?
 

ambroseg1

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Not internet banking, Cellphone banking. Like you use a USSD code to access that service.
Ahhhhh. Forgot about that. I dont have that crap activated on my phone. Bank using internet banking or the android banking app. Both with require a password.
 

The_MAC

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I don't trust any Whatsapp voice notes - and why is it always some random policeman that is warning of all these scams

Not saying there are no scams like this, but reporting on false scams just causes panic, especially for technologically illiterate people
 

RandomGeek

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Sounds hoax-y to me to be honest. As said this approach will not give them your name or ID number nor IMSI of the SIM
 

RuhanSA079

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I don't trust any Whatsapp voice notes - and why is it always some random policeman that is warning of all these scams

Not saying there are no scams like this, but reporting on false scams just causes panic, especially for technologically illiterate people
That's what I thought as well, basically FUD...
 

Daruk

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The most unbelievable part is that the cops have time to walk around malls talking to random people... and that someone thinks that's a convincing strategy to get a message out.
And one good citizen had the presence of mind to record the cop and do what the cops didn't think of - use media.
 

Dairyfarmer

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As believable as the one about entering your pin number backwards at the ATM and the police will arrive.
 
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