No-one likes scams. The reality is, we all need to know about the recent cons so that we don’t end up getting caught. South African businesses as a whole seem to be trying their best to combat scams.
Companies like Vodacom and organisations such as SARS as well as SABRIC (South Africa Banking Risk Information Center) issue warnings on a weekly basis to make sure the public is aware of the scams that are lurking in cyberspace. As you already know Junk Mail has a weekly Scam Awareness Day on Facebook to make sure that all our fans are in the know.
Vodacom has followed suite and made a tab on their Facebook page to spread the word about SM scams. This tab allows users to submit any SMS scams they have received or simply “plus one” an existing scam. The plus-one button is located next to recently-added scams and will allow users to note the prevalence of that particular SMS scam. The tab can be used by anyone who has access to Facebook. When users enter a new SMS scam on the tab, they will need to enter the number from which the SMS came, as well as the accompanying message. The identity of the Facebook user is kept anonymous. Once a scam has been submitted, it will then be investigated by Vodacom’s Forensic Services team who will take appropriate action.
Just like Vodacom, Junk Mail has also provide users with ways to report scams to us. Each and every advert on the Junk Mail website has a “Help keep Junk Mail safe by reporting suspicious ads.” button on the right side of the advert on the advert’s details page (button appears as seen on the image below)
You can also report a suspected scam directly to our Customer Care department telephonically on 012-3423840 ext 2295 (during office hours) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can also leave us a comment on the Junk Mail Classifieds Facebook Fan page wall or mention @jmclassifieds on Twitter. The Junk Mail team posts regular updates about scams (like the article you are reading now).
We also have a Safety & Security page that lists all the posts we’ve written about scams. Do yourself a favour and make sure you know about the latest scams so that you don’t become a victim.
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