GRAAFF-REINET NEWS - The local police are warning the community against a new criminal trend rearing its head.
According to police spokesperson, Capt Bradley Rawlinson, one person has lost approximately R70 000 after falling victim to an alleged banking fraudster on Friday 2 April.
He says that a caller will identify himself to the potential victim as an employee at the relevant bank's fraud division.
"The suspect states that a transaction has taken place on the victim's account. The suspect already has all the personal particulars and profile of the victim, including details of bank accounts, linked accounts beneficiaries etc," says Rawlinson.
The suspect then enquires about a suspicious transaction involving a large amount of money that has appeared on the victim's account
"When the victim replies in the negative, the caller informs the victim that he will reverse the charge if the victim can go onto their banking app. Once they log onto their banking app, the suspect tells the victim to supply the One Time Pasword (OTP) that was sent to them in order to reverse the transaction. As soon as the OTP is given to the suspect, the suspect starts to transact on the account, increasing limits, adding beneficiaries and making payments and draining the account,"he says.
The community is urged to take heed of the following:
- Do not respond to these calls.
- Cut the call immediately and contact your bank on their toll free numbers if you are uncertain. You can check your account privately.
- Do not give your OTP over the phone to any individual. Your bank will not ask you for your passwords or an OTP.
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