South Africa has a large number of unemployed people and people living in poverty, because of this many people turn to crime, stealing and scamming others in order to get rich. Recently, there has been an increase in popularity of one money scam and I urge South Africans to be very careful of it as it uses your kindness, to take your money from you.
The Scam :
The Scam is called "Money Mule" and it occurs when one person approaches another and asks them if they can use their account to send money to there relatives in another Country.
While this should be a red flag, a lot of people are kindhearted and agree to help, this opens them up to be taken advantage of by the criminals using Various techniques.
Money Muling also allegedly funds illegal activities like money laundering, human trafficking and terrorism, making it a significant global risk.
My Opinion :
This scam takes advantage of people who open up their personal accounts to others, which is why I would like to urge South Africans to never make their personal information available. Your pin and bank card should be kept with you at all times and you should never give another person access to it.
Furthermore, your personal account should only be used for your own transactions and not any third party, especially if they are a stranger. While it's commendable to want to help people, a lot of criminals will use that to their advantage.
As money scams and other scams become more and more popular in South Africa I urge South Africans to educate themselves on what scams are being used at the moment, so they know to avoid it.
What do you think of these observations an have you ever been scammed before. Tell me in the comments section and follow for more lifestyle news as it happens.
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