5 types of internet scams South Africans need to wary of


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Fraudsters are increasingly targeting South Africans online with multiple scams.

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has published a report with the most prominent internet scams affecting locals.

FIC's Theunis Aldrich says a lot of new scams are emerging online. He says popular ones include:

  • pornography extortion scam
  • fake online shopping scams
  • online gaming fraud
  • kidney donor charity scams
  • dating site scams

The FIC report aims to raise awareness in an effort to help South Africans stay informed and be alert.

According to Aldrich, many single and lonely South African women are being targeted in romantic online scams.

Read: Beware of con artists who scam women on dating sites - forensic investigator

We see lots of new scams continuously coming out.

Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre

These guys are getting clever and they are pulling out scams that are tailor-made for their victims.

Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre

We've all read the media reports on the pornography extortion scam. That's a new one.

Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre

There's a kidney donor scam doing the rounds.

Theunis Aldrich, Manager of Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre

The romance scams are never-ending.

Theunis Aldrich Manager, Operational Analysis at Financial Intelligence Centre

Also read: Cape Town businesswoman targeted in fake invoice scam

Other scams include inheritance fraud, courier service scams, and fake jobs scams.

Read the FIC report to learn more about how the scams work.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 5 types of internet scams South Africans need to wary of

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