Police are warning the community to be wary of bogus phone calls from criminals acting as cellphone service provider employees.
One bogus call made by them will eventually lead to your bank funds being withdrawn without your approval. Police have opened several cases over the last few months of fraud cases related to the same modus operandi.
The fraudsters have been operating by giving a person a call and informing them that someone is trying to do a sim swop on their cellphone.
They will then urgently advise them to switch off their phone and then switch it back on. When they switch on the phone, after following their instructions, their phone will lose network service and the cellphone owner will receive messages from the bank later reporting cash withdrawals or other financial transfers have occurred from their bank account.
Police are appealing to the public to be aware and alert of this type of criminal activity. They advise the community not to entertain any calls from anyone who enquires about their sim card, cellphone or banking details.
If anyone receives any suspicious calls regarding a cell phone sim swap, we advise you to end that call immediately and go to your nearest cellphone service provider to enquire if there is anything indeed wrong with your cellphone sim card.
Residents are encouraged to notify their family and friends of this scam to ensure they do not fall victim to it. Scams can cost people a lot of money and cause a great deal of distress.
By following these simple tips, the community can protect themselves against this scam. The SAPS is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa, this can only be achieved if individuals and communities work together with the SAPS.