SAPS warns of countrywide SMS scam

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PRETORIA – The SAPS has issued a warning to members of the public to be vigilant of a scam targeting people over text message

Victims receive an SMS stating that an SAPS case has been opened against them.

Once the target responds to the message, they are coerced into paying money to people pretending to be police officers.

SAPS Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi stated: "The fraudsters appear to be using a database of people. Victims are told that if they sign an admission of guilt and pay a fine, the case will go no further. We don&39;t know how many people have been taken in by this scam which is why we are calling for people to come forward."

The first case was reported to SAPS in Rosebank in January. Mulaudzi said about seven other such cases have been reported in different provinces.

The victims were told to contact a "Constable Baloyi" at 060 800 8148 as well as other aliases and telephone numbers. Once the targets responded to the message, they were told that they needed to pay an amount into an FNB account with the number 62017066201 or Absa account number 4054021171.

"If members of the public have received these kinds of SMSes, they should contact their nearest police station," Mulaudzi advised.

Community members can also contact Detective Lieutenant DK Hattingh of the National Investigation Unit at 079 695 0293