Sydenham police have issued a stern warning to residents to always be wary when buying items online due to the escalating number of reported fraud cases.
The station’s communications officer, Cpt M Lazarus, said prospective buyers and sellers should arrange to meet interested parties at local police stations, especially if large sums of money are being exchanged.
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“Always ensure that the money is in your bank account before you release what you are selling. You can check this with your bank if the amount is cleared,” said Cpt Lazarus.
He added that one should never respond to emails or cell phone messages appearing to be from your bank, which request your personal details.
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“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,” he emphasised.
He also stated that people should never save their internet banking password on their desktop. “At all times be alert, be sure before you take any decision. Don’t be a victim,” he said.
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