warns consumers to be wary of 'festive' criminals
8 December 2004 - South African Broadcasting Corporation
The Ombudsman for
Banking Services (OBS) and the Banking Council of South Africa have again
warned consumers that they may become targets of criminals during the
festive season. Bruce Manuel, an OBS spokesperson, says most consumers
have extra cash at this time of year and could become the targets of criminals.
Manuel says the Ombudsman receives more complaints over the festive season.
"Criminals tend to step up their game at this time of the year, so
we have seen a trend of increasing complaints and it is evident that criminals
come up with new ways to scam people," says Manuel.
Manuel stressed that people need to notify the bank immediately if their
card is lost or stolen. Complaints should be lodged with the banks that
they belong to.