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Beware of sim card scam
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Kuils River police are appealing to the public to be aware of sim card swapping.

Spokesperson Sgt Liezel Beukes says seven such cases were registered at Kuils River police and another was transferred to Mfuleni police since February.

Beukes says the suspects dressed as representatives of a cellphone shop seem to target people outside shopping centres.

They will introduce themselves as employees of a cellular shop and tell the shopper they can buy airtime and do a sim card swap on the spot.

“Shoppers then hand over their sim card to the suspects, they place it in another phone and then hand it back to the shopper.

“Later on, the shopper realises money has been withdrawn from their bank account.”

Beukes says shoppers should be vigilant when leaving shopping centres and must rather go to accredited cellular shops to change their sim cards.

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