GANSBAAI – The police urges the public to be alert and safeguard themselves against cyber crimes.
Lieutenant Colonel Winston Coetzee, Gansbaai Police Station Commander, says it is important to create awareness around cybercrime scams as there has been a marked increase in this type of criminal acts in recent months.
He added: “Over the past three months we observed a spike in fraudulent incidents in which law abiding citizens were scammed out of their hard earned money. The most common scam is when a fraudster contacts their victim posing as a bank official or service provider and uses social engineering tactics to manipulate them into disclosing confidential information, while at the same time leading them to believe that they are speaking to the bank or service provider. This information is then used to defraud the victim.”
Coetzee has provided the following tips to ensure that you do not become a victim of these type of scams and fraud:. Banks will never ask you to confirm your confidential information over the phone.. If you receive a phone call requesting confidential or personal information, do not respond and end the call.. Check that you are on your bank’s genuine website before inputting any personal information.. Never respond to emails or cell phone messages appearing to be from your bank, which request your personal details. Remember that no bank will ever ask you to confirm or update your account details by email.. Never provide your online ID, password or PIN to anyone and never write them down or share them.. Do not save your Internet banking password on your desktop.. Do not leave your computer unattended after you have entered your Internet banking password. Always log off or sign off at the end of a session.. Avoid doing internet banking in public areas such as Internet cafés, or on any computer that can be accessed by people you do not know.. Change your PIN and passwords frequently and put sensible transaction limits on your accounts.. Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies..Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
“If something looks too good to be true it usually is,” Coetzee warned. “If you think you may have been compromised contact your bank immediately.”