What South Africans can do that has been scammed

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What South Africans can do that has been scammed

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What South Africans can do that has been scammed

Steps you can take straight away to limit the damage and protect yourself from further loss.

If you've lost money or personal details to a South African Scammer, you’re not alone. Hundreds of thousands of South African are scammed out of their money or personal information every year.

There are a few important things you should do straight away to limit the damage and protect yourself from further loss.

1. Act fast to prevent further losses

Contact your bank or card provider immediately to report the scam. Ask them to stop any and all transactions.

If you're not sure if you're being scammed, stop sending money. Scammers will keep asking for more money until you stop.

2. Get help to recover

SAFPS is a South African Fraud Prevention Services non-profit  that can assist in preventing identity theft and impersonation to protect you from associated financial impacts.

Call them on +27 (011) 867 2234 or visit their Website here 

If you're not happy with how your bank has responded to your situation, you can complain to the FAIS Ombudsman visit their Website here.

If you have been scammed by a "self named" contractor or if you suspect structural issues you can provide the details to the SAPAC for assistance visit us here https://sapac.co.za select your area 

3. Warn others and report the scam

Once you have secured your details, you can help us try to stop the scam or to warn others by reporting the scam to us. You can also warn people around you.

Note you will need a CAS number from the SAPS.

4. Watch out for follow up scams

If scammers have stolen money from you, they often come back for more. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 victims of a scam have been scammed more than once.

If you’ve lost money to a scam, look out for new scams – especially someone offering to help you get your money back.

5. Get support

Being scammed is a horrible experience, and it can happen to anyone.

If a scam is causing you problems with debt, talk to a financial counsellor. This is a free and confidential service to help you get your finances back on track.

If you need someone to talk to, reach out to family and friends.

South African Professionals and Contractors (SAPAC) Time

 

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