Public warned against unpaid traffic fine scam
South Africans have been warned about a scam which makes people believe they have unpaid traffic fines.
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been warned about a scam which makes people believe they have unpaid traffic fines.
Police say a text message is sent to unsuspecting victims, telling them to contact a constable to settle the debt.
They are then asked to deposit money into an account for their case to be closed.
The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi explains:
"We just want to warn the public that this is not how we operate as police. Such scams should be reported as soon as possible to the police. And if you received that you should contact your nearest police station."
According to the police statement, the victims received an SMS stating that a South Africa Police Service (Saps) case had been opened against them and that they had to contact a 'Constable Baloyi' at 060 800 8148.
Other random names and different contact numbers were also given.
When the victims responded to the SMS, they were informed that a warrant of arrest had been issued for a traffic fine and that they needed to pay a certain amount, which had to be deposited into an FNB account with the number, 62017066201 or an Absa account with the number, 4054021171.