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Compensation Fund fraudsters appear in court

Two men accused of defrauding the Department of Labour’s (DOL) Compensation Fund of R1.2-million will appear in court today. IT specialist, Kenneth Martin Mahuluhulu (32) and co-accused Khathutshelo Nethengwe (35) who have been on the run for two years will appear in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court today and face fraud charges. Mahuluhulu from […]

89% cybercrime conviction rate

Government says 155 cybercrime cases were finalised during the past financial year.

Speaking during the justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing, Justice minister, Jeff Radebe, revealed that the average conviction rate for these cases was 89%.

“It appears that the majority of cases involve unlawful electronic fund transfers / fraud etc, where the password of the complainant was obtained or cloned cards being used,” he revealed.

SIM swap fraud on the rise - Vodacom

Vodacom says SIM swap fraud attempts are on the increase. According to the operator, fraudsters who engage in SIM swap fraud are posing as cellphone company representatives to try and trick unsuspecting customers who end up being victims of internet banking fraud. SIM swap fraud is a technique used by fraudsters to defraud unsuspecting internet […]

Biometric identification for social grant recipients

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it is in the second phase of re-registering all social grant beneficiaries on a comprehensive biometric identification system.

Between April and May, SASSA says it managed to get all its cash beneficiaries on a limited biometric card swop.

Speaking during the social protection and community development cluster briefing in Parliament, Social Development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, emphasized the focus on fighting fraud.

Post Office struggles with tech improvements

While the Post Office is set to spend over R130 million to improve IT systems in the current financial year - it says its technology initiatives are still lagging.

With the growing adoption of SMS tract-and-trace technology, internet-based stamp services and PO Box rentals – the Post Office says its struggling to stay on top of technology trends and does not have adequate funding to increase its investment in technology.

According to its 2012/13 strategic corporate plan R110 million will be spent on the next upgrades, while another R20 million will be used to provide disaster recovery capability for the critical SAPO IT systems.

ISPA improves cyber crime security

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA has announced it would lead the development of a  voluntary code of practice to improve cyber security for end-users. Known as the icode, and developed in conjunction with Australia’s Internet Industry Association, the code aims to provide a consistent approach for South African ISPs to help inform, educate and […]

R30m to monitor grant payments

The Department of Social Development (DSD) will spend R30 million over the next three years to monitor its grant payment system.

Social Development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, revealed the department would create an Inspectorate to scrutinise its troubled system managed by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).

“The social grant system is prone to leakages and fraudulent activities. To mitigate this, government has allocated over the MTEF an amount of thirty million Rands for setting up an Inspectorate institution with a mandate to monitor the integrity of the grant administration system, to ensure its credibility. The Inspectorate should be fully functional by 2015,” Dlamini stated.

Cell C hit by data fraud

Mobile operator, Cell C, has opened a case with police after it was hit by data bundle fraud.  The company says it has since been investigating an internal fraud case, after it discovered virtual vouchers had been stolen and sold. “Cell C has opened a case of fraud with the South African Police Service. The […]

Beware of phone scammers - Microsoft

Microsoft has warned local consumers to be wary of a phone scam that has left some victims hundreds of rands out of pocket. Microsoft SA’s chief security advisor, Khomotso Kganyago, says scammers are using several well-known brands, including Microsoft, to fool people into believing that something is wrong with their computers. The scam typically involves […]

FNB warns against Easter fraud

FNB has advised consumers to be extra vigilant of scams where fraudsters will try to obtain information from them over the Easter period. “Scammers are highly sophisticated, they are constantly creating new scams and customers need to be aware of these techniques so that they don’t fall victim to such scams,” says Ravesh Ramlakan, CEO […]

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