Watch out for this SANRAL scam

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We’ve been alerted to a new phone-based scam that has someone impersonating a SANRAL representative, with the aim of stealing people’s banking details by enticing them with a R1 500 financial reward for “not claiming any funds”.

However, SANRAL has made it clear in a press statement there is no such campaign to reward anyone for anything, and the organisation has asked that people do not respond to such calls. Explicitly stated is that “SANRAL will not be held liable for any resulting losses”.

But apparently the scammers are quite convincing. SANRAL’s Fraud Hotline says the impostors start off by confirming the target’s personal details that include ID numbers, names and addresses, and they follow those up by asking for banking details so that they can transfer the “reward”.

Quite frankly. we’re surprised this scam has even hit SANRAL’s radar since the likelihood of anyone believing SANRAL has money is so slim. Then again, in these tough financial times it’s probably a case of the scammers hoping desperation will win out over common sense, which makes the scam all the more reprehensible.

Should this happen to you, simply hang up the phone. If the caller doesn’t hide their number, make a note of it and give it to SANRAL’s Fraud Hotline, which you can reach toll-free on 0800 204 558. If you’d prefer to communicate by email, send it is [email protected].

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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.


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