Types of South African Scams

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Types of South African Scams

Prepared by : Independent 
Article Classification: Types of Scams in South Africa
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Ways scammers reach you

You can open each heading hereunder to go through the information and to familiarize yourself with the information. It would also be a good idea to share this information on Scams in South Africa to create awareness. After you have read the information within each section you will see a button that will bring you back to this Page. 


South African Text or SMS Scams

Scam messages look like they are from government, business you deal with or even your own family or friends to try and catch you out.


South African Phone Scams

Scam calls are more than annoying - they cost South Africans millions of rands in losses


South African Email Scams

Scam emails look like the real thing, but watch out for links and attachments designed to steal your money or information


South African Social media scams

Be suspicious of anyone that contacts you out of the blue on social media - scams losses are on the rise here


South African Website scams

Scammers can pretend to be anyone online to deceive you into trusting them.


South African In-person scams

Some scams take place in person.


The Types of Scams


South African Romance scams

Scammers use dating or friendship to get your money. They go to great lengths to convince you you the relationship is real and manipulate you to give them cash. Romance scammers will leave you broke and broken hearted


South African Investment scams

If your looking to make money through investing, watch out - scammers have created all sorts of fake opportunities to get you excited and take away your cash. 


South African Service delivery and product scams

Scammers prey on consumers and businesses that are selling or buying products and or services. Not every transaction is legitimate 


South African Threats and extortion scams

Scammers will use any means possible to steal your identity or your money - including threatening your life or "hijacking" your computer.


South African Unexpected Money Scams

Do not be fooled and lured by a surprise win. These scams try to deceive you into giving money upfront or your personal information in order to receive a prize from a lottery or competition that you never have entered. Or from a supposedly diseased relative.


South African Impersonation scams

Identity theft is on the rise and is a type of fraud that involves using someone else`s identity to gain benefits or to steal money


South African Jobs and employment scams

Jobs and employment scams deceive you into handling over your money by offering you a "guaranteed" way to make money fast or a high-paying job for littles effort



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