Where Can I Report A Scammer In South Africa

Where Can I Report A Scammer In South Africa

If you receive advance fee fraud scam letters and lottery scams you must forward all documents and correspondence to Interpol.

Interpol will communicate all matters regarding scams to the Commercial Crime Unit of the South African Police Service.

Interpol’s contact details are as follows:

Tel No: (+27) 12 309 3866
Fax No: (+27) 12 309 3003/4
E-mail: vdventera@saps.org.za(link sends e-mail)

The fraud is also known as the ‘419 scam’ and is operated by a fraudster, usually a member of a criminal syndicate. The scams originated in Nigeria but syndicates in other countries have become involved in advance fee fraud scams. It normally is in the form of a letter, e-mail, or SMS with a business proposition where the victim is asked to deposit money in a bank account.

The lottery scam involves an e-mail or SMS where the victim is told that he or she has won the lottery.

How do I get my money back from a scammer in South Africa?

Here are the steps you need to follow if you become a victim of fraud:

  1. Step 1: Contact your bank.
  2. Step 2: Contact the police.
  3. Step 3: Contact the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service and a credit bureau.
  4. Step 4: Check your accounts thoroughly.