The Southern African Fraud Prevention Services (Safps) has warned of a new email scam doing the rounds in South Africa which offers “victims of fraud” a reimbursement.
Safps said emails using its letterhead claim to offer victims of fraud up to R5 million in compensation, and asks them to submit their name, age, address, occupation, and contact number.
“Unsuspecting consumers often reply and this provides the scammers with the opportunity to obtain more personal information for identity fraud and also to hook the customer into sending money to cover some imaginary fees,” said Safps.
It said users should watch out for the following when scrutinizing emails claiming to come from reputable companies:
- Grammatical errors, poor spelling, and improbable cover stories.
- The amounts offered usually amounts to millions.
- The email is from a web mail service such as Gmail.com or Yahoo.com.
“The safest option is to delete the email and any attachments from your account and not to make any contact with the parties mentioned.”
“The Safps, government departments, and banks will never request your personal details via a free web mail service such as Gmail or send you unsolicited messages,” it said.
The organisation asked consumers to report any instance of identity fraud to them via www.safps.org.za.
Examples of the fraudulent emails are posted below.