CYBER-CRIMES ON THE RISE IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH APPROACH OF FESTIVE SEASON

Criminals have already begun their festive spree as South Africans enter their holiday season and have more to spend.

Among the type of crimes being committed and reported to be on the rise are card, Internet and on-line fraud, which have reached a 30 per cent high already.

Sharon Madonsela, one of many victims of card fraud, was alerted about transactions while driving to work.

Madonsela said: “I realised there were two ATM transactions done, one for 5,000 Rand and the other for 3,000 Rand (one US dollar = about 13.6 Rand). That whole experience threw a spanner in the works, my life was turned upside down, I had school fees to pay, etc.”

Sharon is just one of a number of victims in Gauteng, South Africa’s most populous province which includes the financial and administrative capitals of the country, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

About 43 per cent of card fraud cases between January and September this year took place in Gauteng province. Fraudsters are also very active in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

The head of the Cyber-Crimes Unit at the Hawks (the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation), Brigadier Piet Pieterse, said: “I think it’s important to note it is not restricted to financial platform. Cybercrime is much broader when people utilise their computers and receive strange email don’t open them or the attachments.

“There’s at least a 20 per cent hike during this time and the value of the prejudice suffered is much greater.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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