Hawks called on to probe Home Affairs social media scam

Hawks called on to probe Home Affairs social media scam
December 21, 2017 – AAN7
Home Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has warned of a criminal syndicate operating on social media networks.
This comes after a fake account bearing the name of the minister was created a week ago, as a platform to solicit money through a purported contract deal to the amount of R25 million.
“The minister is not involved in any deal of the nature described in this fake correspondence. In addition, the department will also never ask people to pay money through social media for any of its services and anyone who comes across such requests should report these to the authorities,” Dlodlo said.
It’s understood the criminal syndicate asked members of the public for specific information to qualify for a share of 50% in the purported transaction.
“We have detected incidents of fake social media accounts attempting to solicit money from members of the public and we have reported this matter to the Hawks for a thorough investigation. We would also like to warn those who are involved in this illegal activity that the law will come down hard on them.”
Dlodlo emphasised that social media networks were critical platforms for information flow and exchange around the globe.
She has urged members of the public who want to access online services offered by the department to always verify their sources and platforms, using the security mechanisms provided.
-TNA Reporter

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