Online crime costing SA millions

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According to the South African Cyber Threat Barometer, three kinds of cybercrime are prevalent in South Africa.

Wrong! There are many more forms, just not as recognized as it does not affect the government and big business. But it affects every internet user right here in South Africa.

Let's look at what is happening locally:

Woza Online, the "showcase of South African small businesses". This was created in conjunction with the DTI, Vodacom etc by Google. Right now people are being scammed at Woza Online sites because there is zero oversight and no requirement to validate credentials before signing up. Google has a dismal record when it comes to cyber crime, being the perfect tool in the criminal's toolkit. Then to boot, you are bound by "English law and English courts", not South African law? :confused: Whatever you do, stay away from impersonating the legitimate Buffalo City Camera Shop, which is part of Pollocks. That is just one example of many.

Right now you can go buy a (non-existent) car, camera, TV, cellphone, dog, cat or whatever on the online classifieds like Junkmail, OLX and whoever decides to do classifieds. I'll give JunkMail credit for fighting fraud on their services and they take the issue seriously, but the international conglomerates tend to hide behind procedures and mismatched (vs South African) remote laws. It is extremely difficult to report fraud to them or get cooperation from them, yet they use domains

Cyber crime need not not only be for financial gain - enter cyber harassment. We have something to this effect when Facebook accounts are created for you. What follows is deliberately set up to not only embarrass, but sometimes to destroy your life. Imagine your wife, girl friend, sister, mother or whoever suddenly appearing in ads for "personal" services. The head is most definitely hers, the body and non-existent clothing not quite. Suddenly she has problems in her circle of acquaintances, business and may even be up for firing as she is working in a public facing occupation. All attempts to contact the abuse team sitting overseas fails. What now?

Now you have just spotted that great job working in the oil industry - R2500/hr (replace oil industry with any field you can think of) via Tradex Contractors. Naturally you will be required to pay admin fees, arrange for a working visa (guaranteed yours will not be good enough) through the prescribed agent for a fee etc. But who is via Tradex Contractors? A scam, abusing the name of Tradex in the Cameroon.

Right now somewhere in South Africa somebody is probably building an email list for marketing. The lists may be purchased from sources obtained via malware infections. Remember "Joe" telling you his PC had been infected. Remember he has your email address? Guess what? After a bit of querying and pointing out provisions in the ECT ACT:
Your email address has been removed from our DB.

We got your details from a company in China
Interesting to note this party is a listed South African spammer, now abusing international resources in violation of US law from where they are spamming. Further a bit of digging later, since FXstyle rings a distant bell, you find the exact same reply two years previously linked to the same "marketeers".

Image (another) Joe asking you to link to him on a place like SkillPages. Oops - he nver sent it. His address book was stolen. Now yours is as well.. What has been written about this incident, that it was permission based, is hogwash. Yet how do you fight big business in a remote jurisdiction? These incidentally also clogged quite a few mail servers locally.

I can continue with examples of more than three ongoing growing threats to each and every individual Internet user in South Africa. My point is this: We are just as much under threat as business and government, but these threats are just not as recognized and not widely publicized unless they also threaten business.

Try reporting these to your nearest SAPS station. The response ranges from blank stares, or "it's a civilian case", to the officer trying to reproducing the evidence by writing out all email correspondence (including extended email headers) on "the prescribed" forms. It is sad that many victims are discouraged, since we do have the resources in SAPS if the correct procedures are followed at the stations - but this is going off topic.