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Tips to protect yourself from being scammed

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The SAPS in the Northern Cape are requesting the public to adhere to safety tips to protect them against scams and fraudulent emails and messages that promise them large sums of money or great prizes.

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THE SAPS in the Northern Cape are requesting the public to adhere to safety tips to protect them against scams and fraudulent emails and messages that promise them large sums of money or great prizes.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock urged the public to be careful and delete such messages if they did not enter any competition.

A warning was also issued to the community to be careful of investing or giving money to persons who claim they can make you money more.

“These criminals are especially targeting people receiving retirement lump sums and large amounts of insurance cash.

“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 or cellphone.

“Do not leave your computer unattended after you have entered your internet banking password,” warned Kock.

The police further warned the public to 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, and to change your pin and passwords frequently.

“Put sensible transaction limits on your accounts.

“If it looks too good to be true, it usually is.

“Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.”

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