While the festive season may be a time of joy and giving, it is also the time where criminal opportunists attempt to scam you out of your hard-earned money. Staying vigilant this festive season could help you retain some peace-of-mind, whilst saving you money.
Here are some tips to prevent criminals from leaving a negative mark on your holiday period:
Victims are often followed out of a bank branch or at an ATM after a cash withdrawal has been made. Small business owner are also at risk, particularly when drawing cash to pay weekly wages.
Criminals set up bogus websites, offering specials on certain items, from pets to vehicles and holiday accommodations to take advantage of everyone’s carefree spirit during the holidays. Using these scams, criminals can obtain banking details, commit identity fraud and steal your money.
If your mobile device is lost or stolen notify your Bank immediately to prevent the perpetrators from using your banking app. In addition, contact your mobile service provider to block/stop your SIM card and handset to prevent criminals from getting any One Time Pin.
Mobile phones that are being snatched from owners are affording criminals the opportunity to gain access to the victim’s personal and even confidential information which can then be used to commit crime.
Your personal information can be used by criminals to assume your identity and acquire retail or bank accounts, or even defraud your insurance, medical aid, and Unemployment Insurance Fund. In some instances, they impersonate you, and using social engineering, access your bank accounts and do transactions.
Criminals used various methods in order to get your card and pin. ATM shoulder surfing, card skimming, swopping of cards, and the trapping of cards inside ATMs to steal card data or actual cards and then used to withdraw money fraudulently at ATMs and to make purchases, or writing down your card number and CCV on the back of your card to use for fraudulent purchases.
Be safe and have a happy Festive Season!
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