Newlands East SAPS warn public of vehicle scam

Newlands East SAPS have issued a stern warning to residents regarding an online vehicle purchase scam, due to the increase of cases whereby people buy vehicles online and are thereafter robbed of their hard-earned money.

They are urging residents to ensure that they are fully aware of what they are purchasing before paying for it.

What you should do to prevent falling victim to scams and fraud:

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  • Never respond to emails or cellphone 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.
  • Put sensible transaction limits on your accounts.
  • Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.
  • Apply cautiously to measures when purchasing any item online, it is advisable to conduct verification if the company is registered.
  • Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do no  know and trust.
Zola Phoswa

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