ALERT: New Recirculated Cellphone Numbers Bank Scam

fraud123Have you ever lost you phone number because it has not been in use?
I’m sure many of us have.
Is this number still linked to your banking profile or / and OTP or as a secondary OTP backup number?
The new person with your number will get access to your account and be able to do any transaction they please.

The cellphone companies do not care and never really warn you about this.

Is your number linked to your Google Account for backup verification? Your FaceBook and Google accounts can get hacked to this way as well.

HOW TO FIX THIS: Please make sure that all your bank accounts and other internet accounts are all up to date and that your old numbers are either working or not used anymore even as secondary contacts on accounts.

 

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Date Rape Prevention Tips

Although a large segment of society focuses on rape where the perpetrator is a stranger, the majority of rape cases involve a victim who was previously acquainted with the perpetrator. Rapists plan their attacks in advance, and are looking for opportunities to assault victims. No victim nor any manual/guideline can prevent rape, as it is solely the crime of the perpetrator, but there are some general precautions that can be implemented that can reduce the risk of being assaulted in a social setting.

1. Avoid becoming intoxicated in public and at parties — keep yourself to a 1-2 drink limit. Alcohol decreases awareness, so people are less likely to take note of aggressive or coercive behavior. It is best to stay lucid, especially when with acquaintances and strangers.

2. Always keep your eye on every beverage you drink. Keep it with you always- even to the restroom. Date rape drugs like rohypnol (“roofies”), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and ketamine, which all can cause loss of or altered consciousness, are easily mixed into drinks when you are not looking. They are mostly tasteless, odorless (difficult to detect) and have no known or easily administered antidotes. Do not drink from communal containers, such as punch bowls.

3. Once you lose sight of your drink, do not consume it any more. A substance could been added to your beverage during your absence, so get another drink. If someone offers to buy you a drink, watch the bartender prepare it and only accept the drink from the bartender.

4. Do not give out personal information (such as your location or mobile number or address) or your daily schedule online. Do not allow new acquaintances to know you are alone at an event or that you live by yourself.

5. Acknowledge and understand that consent to sexual activity can be withdrawn at any time. If you are uncertain that someone wants to engage in further sexual activity, or your sexual partner is not acting responsive to you, then you should stop and ask her/him how s/he feels before proceeding further. Do not take silence as a yes.

6. Communicate your sexual and relationship boundaries clearly. Never assume a person interprets your passivity correctly — where you are disinterested, they may perceive interest or believe that you wish to be pursued. If you are not interested in someone, make that clear to him/her. If a person’s advances make you feel nervous, have nothing to do with them.

7. “No” does not mean “yes, if you pressure someone long enough”. If a person turns you down for either a date or sexual activity, do not continue to press the issue. An individual has the right to end sexual activity, even if they have previously or are currently involved in sexual behavior with you. Do not push personal boundaries.

8. Be cautious if a person habitually tends to negate your opinions and feelings: “You don’t believe that,” or “You really don’t feel that way,”.

9. Be cautious with anyone who displays hostility towards a gender or tends to verbally degrade and stereotype an entire gender: “They’re all bitches or sluts”, “They say one thing when they really mean another,”.

10. Be assertive with anyone who ignores your personal boundaries, regardless of the length of time you’ve been acquainted with the person. You have every right to stop a sexual act from continuing at any time, regardless of your attraction to the other person or any prior sexual acts you have done with them.

11. Make an observation of how an individual treats service staff (waiters, clerks etc. . Is he rude and aggressive with them?

12. Date people whose background you are familiar with in real life. Always meet initial dates in public and do not allow them to come to your home until you have known them for some time. Do not be pressured into inviting an individual into your home, even it’s for an innocuous reason such as having a glass of water or using the bathroom.

13. If you feel uncomfortable during a date, but have no transportation, call a cab. Alternately, use public transport or ask a friend/relative to drop you home. If you have no safe transport, ask a local police person’s help. It is always better to prepare/plan for your return transportation in advance such as being aware of bus timings, cab numbers etc.

14. Avoid going into secluded areas with your date until you have known him for some time. Meet up for dates and leave separately. Or go on double dates until you feel comfortable being alone with your boyfriend/girlfriend.

15. Always let someone know who you are going with and what your itinerary is.

16. Never be alone with people who ignore your personal boundaries. This is specifically directed at individuals who won’t take “no” for an answer when you reject their romantic/sexual overtures and also those who attempt to coerce you into behavior that you find uncomfortable. If someone does this, cut off all communication.

17. A person should never make you feel obligated to engage in a sexual act (this includes kissing) simply because they paid for drinks/dinner/entertainment. You are also not obligated to engage in sexual activity with someone after an ‘X’ amount of dates. Never date a person who espouses those beliefs.

18. Do not go to an apartment or hotel room if you do not know the person well, and don’t let them follow you to your room. Do not give out your room number, and ask hotel/apartment staff not to give out your information to anyone who may call to ask about it. Once you are with someone in their room – or they, in yours – it is much more difficult to extract yourself from a bad situation.

19. If you are at a hotel, nightclub or restaurant alone, ask staff if someone can escort you to your vehicle. Notify staff if someone at the venue is harassing you.

20. Don’t be afraid to leave an uncomfortable environment. If your instincts are warning you to be afraid of a person or a situation, leave immediately.

21. Do not be afraid to make a scene if you feel threatened by an acquaintance. Yell, kick, pound on a wall, throw things, do everything possible to attract outside attention.

22. Act like a “bad” person if you feel threatened. Women especially are taught that in order to be “good,” we must be docile, accepting, quiet and polite. This is wrong, especially at times when you feel threatened. If your instincts tell you that you need to get away from someone, get away and don’t worry about hurting his/her feelings or causing a scene.

23. When going out with friends, watch out for each other. Arrive together, check in with each other at various intervals, and leave together. Don’t allow anyone you do not know take your friend somewhere else, even if it’s not that far away, without checking on your friend first. If a friend appears intoxicated or high, escort them to a safe place immediately.

24. Do not personally engage in or allow anyone in your presence to engage in sexual behavior with a highly intoxicated, high or unconscious individual. If you believe that a person is unable to give consent at that time, or that they are being coerced into a sexual act, make a scene. Tell the perpetrator(s) that you don’t approve of what he/they are doing, demand that the perpetrator(s) stop, and call the police.

25. Resist peer influence to join in on any abusive or criminal act.

26. Offer assistance if you feel that someone is at risk or is being targeted for sexual assault. Call a cab, offer to escort someone home if a situation seems to be getting out hand.

27. If you witnessed what you believe is a sexual assault, or an individual admits to having committed a sexual assault, you are obligated to report this information to the police.

28. During a sexual assault, a victim should follow her instincts, while observing the behavior of the rapist as much as possible. If you find yourself in this situation, do what your instincts tell you to do to survive.

29. Be aware of rape myths and the damage they do to victims, both genders, and general societal perceptions of the nature of sexual assault. Nobody “invites” sexual assault.

TIPS

  • Aim for the eyes and nose, it can impair his sight. Or if you palm him in the nose bone fragment can travel up to his brain and kill him. Or knocking him in the nose can distract him. He will most likely suspect the groin. But you can go for that too.
  • Do not wait to tell someone what happened to you. Do so immediately. It can be extremely painful to recount the incident so soon after it happened, but the longer you wait, the greater the danger of it becoming a “he said/she said” situation, especially if your assailant is famous or well-respected in the community.
  • If he pushes you against a wall and grabs your neck move your arms in a counter-clockwise motion and push his arm down away from you.
  • Bring emergency cash for a cab ride home and don’t spend it. You may need it for other situations, like being dumped on the roadside or something. If in a foreign country, always possess the name, front desk phone number and your hotel address, (but never your room number) written in a language the cabbie will know. Leave information about where you’ll be, with whom, and when you should return to your room- and how someone might find you.
  • Call your parents if you are stranded somewhere- or a friend who will help. What’s the worst thing you parents can do compared to being raped, killed, or any other unfortunate things? Never feel that you can’t call a parent or a close friend.
  • If you go with a group, try and set guidelines before getting drunk. For example, ask your friends not to let you go home with a stranger after you are drunk, no matter how much you tell them that you feel “fine”.
  • If you must run, take off your heels and go, you are more likely to fall and hurt yourself in heels. Or take off your heels and stab the creep in the face with them.
  • Be cautious of large punch bowls or drinks served by others as drugs are easily slipped into them.
  • Trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in any way DO NOT TRY TO NORMALIZE IT! Tell your date you are sick and about to vomit, or get out of the situation some way. Never doubt your instincts or say you are misjudging him/her. Many look back and realize they had uncomfortable feelings before something bad happened.
  • If the worst should happen, get to the nearest emergency room immediately. Do not bathe, change your clothes or wait until morning. This could compromise or destroy evidence that you were raped and make it much more difficult for the authorities to build a case against your assailant. Physical evidence is your greatest weapon against the person who hurt you.
  • Go to parties with a sober friend or a designated observer who is not drinking, who can watch and protect you.
  • Open your drinks yourself, and don’t share drinks.
  • If they have any sexually oriented items that make you feel uncomfortable, don’t say anything. Just get out of there!
  • If you absolutely must, disable a would-be-rapist so that you can escape.
  • Place several people that love you and would answer and respond to your calls on speed dial. Then, if you are ever in a compromising situation, just hit one number and call without anyone knowing.
  • Always carry your own car keys to get away and use as weapons.
  • Don’t go out with strangers.
  • Keep your wits about you- stay sober.
  • Instead of screaming “Rape!” scream “Fire!” It is more clear and more people would actually try to do something about it.
  • When walking to your car hold your keys like a knife, be ready to stab the creep in the eyes and make him scream. Carry pepper spray at all times in your purse. Attract as much attention as you can.

Warnings

  • If in a group, look out for each other and don’t let group members wander off alone or with someone unknown to the group.
  • In some cultures, Western women are perceived as “easy.” This creates many problems for traveling women, like an unexpected danger because you may not have done anything that you perceive as provocative. To be safe, NEVER ASSUME THAT THERE IS A NON-SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN- no matter what age- AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. In many cultures, men and women are never casual, asexual friends and if you assume there is a sexual undercurrent (even if it is the last thing you’d imagine) prepare to protect yourself.
  • If he/she starts touching tell them forcefully to stop and walk away, preferably to a place where people are.
  • Always stay alert and aware of your situation.
  • If the offender/rapist is trying to touch or assault you, put your hand in front of you and recite “STOP IT” or kick them in their groin. Never throw a punch unless necessary, it may give easy access to assault you even more.
  • While you should do everything in your power to defend yourself, try and evaluate the situation. Keep “punishment should fit the crime” in mind. Don’t break someone’s nose because they asked for a dance twice or you may have to face assault charges. In any case better safe than sorry; if in doubt, it is better to face potential charges than get raped.

Source: Bara Murali

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South Africa Latest Crime Statistics Released – Murders up by 5%

SA Murder rate goes up 5%

Pretoria – The number of murders increased by 800 in the past financial year, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Friday.

Murder up by 5%
Attempted murder up by 4.6%
Hijackings increased by 5.4%

Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm increased by 1.5% and robbery with aggravated circumstances was up by 12.7%. Common robbery went up by 0.6%.Drug-related crimes increased by 26.1% in the past financial year. Rape decreased (hard to believe)

People will argue it has to do with unemployment – But why does India which has a much worse unemployment rate half much lest robberies and murders than in South Africa. The answer would be a stricter system which when you are caught, you know you are going to pay the price as well as harsher sentences and no option to easily get parole after a few months in prison. Besides the unemployment / poverty story, if our investigation system (CID – Criminal Investigation Department) was better, more people would think twice and also if our police’s response time was better.

Many people are now saying that the justice system has really failed us in this country. An ATM bomber also gets 22 years in jail and then Oscar Pistorius will probably get a few months and the most he can get is 15 years with chance of a reduced sentence. The justice system makes no sense.

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Police Harassment At Night

In this post, I will first go over 2 stories that have happened 1 week after the other and then also deal with ways of how we can prevent police harassment and what to do if it happens to you.

Justine (surname hidden for protection) recently drove late at night being following by a police car. The police car landed up flashing her with their blue lights. She was scared so she drove a little more as she was very close to her house. The cops put up their sirens and she stopped. The cops (2 males) landed up asking her to climb out of her car and frisked her and took her phone and started looking through her phone numbers. She asked them what this was about.

The police office said “We have a right to search you as we think you are hiding something”. They landed up trying to frisk her and she screamed. They told her they will lock her up if she refuses and that nobody was around. She said she was sorry and started crying. The men said they would make her life a nightmare if she says one word about this. They took her cigarettes and told her they are the law. Luckily the lady was not taken somewhere into a field, raped and then killed.

A week after, we got a call from a gentleman and a lady who were stopped along a not so busy road. They were not drunk all car licensing was in order. Usually when a policeman stops you, they give you a reason. These policemen landed up searching the whole car as they said they suspected the people of a robbery. “We think they thought because it was late at night, that we might be a little drunk and ask us for bribes”. The man, George told the policeman that he can test them for alcohol levels, and the cop straight away said to shut up or he will take him down to the station. They were searched and one of the cops tried to steal the digital camera we had in the back seat.

Luckily we saw him even though the one cop tried with a distraction. We asked him if he liked the camera and he put it on and even tried to steal the memory card out of there. He landed up throwing it onto the backseat. One of the officers also searched the girlfriend in the most horrible inappropriate way. We thought that only a female officer is allowed to frisk a female and vice versa. “We cannot trust the police anymore”.

In a separate case, there has been a police car cloned with people who are not really policemen. Both this and the other cases above could prove fatal so please read the following tips and stay safe!

Now for the tips:

1. Try your best to not drive alone at night especially if you are a woman.

2. Try take busy roads where there are lots of lighting and traffic.

3. When you leave your friends / families house, make sure you tell them that if you do not let them know you are okay within half an hour or however long it should take, they must know something is wrong and follow you or get some help.

4. If you are going to friends / family from your home, let them know you are on your way and if you don’t come back they must look for you!

5. If you have to go into a very quiet dark road, make sure you are not being followed into that road and that there are no police or other suspicious vehicles hiding in that road! You don’t know who to trust these days. However if somebody besides the police is following you, drive past those police officers if they are in your road as they will probably help you as catching a criminal will be good in their books. Alternatively drive to the nearest police station or very busy area like a busy garage full of cars if you have to.

6. Ask a security company to perhaps follow you home or 4-5 people in a car following you especially if you are a single lady in the car.

7. Download a security app that sends out a distress signal to selected friends / family members with your GPS co-ordinates. Also those apps in some cases can be linked with your security company. USE A EMERGENCY alarm that some tracking companies have. Sometimes the reaction time is less than 10 minutes.

8. Hide valuables in your car. Do not keep money on you. If you believe you are being followed… this is the time you get on your phone even while driving and phone your friends and the police if you have to.

9. A good tip – When the police stop you… make sure you make like you are on your phone and let your friends know you have been stopped… let the cops think you are phoning your friends if you don’t get a chance to and make sure the cops hear that you tell them where you are and for example to open up the gate for you.

10. If the cop stops you tell them your friend just phoned you they are waiting by the gate down the road so the cops will know they will come looking for you.

11. The cops will mostly stop to harass you in a quiet road, but if you are in a busy road, try and slow down to see if they go past you. If not stay there in the busy area. If you can, just drive to the garage hopefully there are cars and lots of lighting there.

12. If you have been stopped and the lights / sirens go off, you are going against the law if you do not stop. Do not give them the excuse to arrest you / really harass you. Like I suggest, see points 8, 9 and 10 above. Make sure that if you suspect any activity, use point 7 if you have that option.

13. What is important is stay calm and don’t swear at anybody. You can only report it later on once they have left. Then this case will be investigated probably without any results. Since this has been happening more often, chances are you might be lucky to see some justice.

14. It would be nice if you have access to get a secret recording device and start it when you suspect anything. Some GPS trackers actually have a microphone record button. Do not record from your phone and then hide it otherwise the police might look and find the phone and see what you are doing. Things could get real ugly. Maybe have a hidden phone recording application that is hidden from the police.

These tips could save your life and could allow you to prosecute these people abusing their ranks in the police force. It might seem extreme, but over 50 people have complained about this in the East Rand area alone and hundreds in Gauteng. Don’t let this happen to you.

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Numberplate Hijack method confirmed by Tracker

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How to lessen car theft at shopping malls

1. Make sure you park as close as possible to where people walk around, where it is busy preferably close to the shop entrances.

2. See if you can park as close as possible to cameras. Lots of more malls have cameras these days but the cameras do not always zoom as far as possible and in most cases are cheap camera makes. Rather park close to a camera.

3. Have a steering lock, a gear lock and proper immobilizer as well as a special tracker that alerts you straight away if something is happening. If there are 2 Toyota Yaris cars next to each other, they will steal the one without the extra measures since it is easier to steal. Period.

4. Do not always rely on security guards. It is amazing what a R200 note can do in some instances. People have tipped security guards every single time and then their car still gets stolen.

5. Park in ticket parking bays not in the open. You at least get better protection as there are cameras in those entrances in most cases as well as it will be harder for the person to leave without a ticket.

NOTE: Criminals land up in some cases pressing the green button and getting their own ticket while walking in which they can use to exit the premises or can find a lost ticket by going out saying they lost their ticket, paying R50 for a lost ticket and then using that ticket again to exist with your vehicle. Silly but they do it and their cars have fake number plates in most cases.

6. Always go check up on your car from time to time. Show the security guards you are also checking up on your car so they know in case they are part of the theft.

I hope that helps and safe shopping !!!

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Hi-jacking method resurfacing

What these assholes do is now simply let you know that your boot is not closed properly or something is lose on the back of your car. As soon as you go out to check, then they point a gun to your head and force you in the car where they can either take you to a lonely field and harass you while they steal your cards and test out the pin codes you gave them. Be careful – This happened to a lady the other day and it was in the newspaper as well. The lady went through a horrible ordeal but thank G-D managed to survive with her life.

Unfortunately in our country – criminals rape and kill at every opportunity they get unlike other countries due either to racism or other forms of hatred. Be very careful and if you suspect any problems whatsoever, drive to the nearest police station or if not to a very busy garage with many people. Even though you shouldn’t use your phone while driving, make sure you have somebody on speed dial and call them urgently letting them know what is happening.

Till next time!

~Editor Kyle

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Are the banks involved – Inside Job?

Recently after opening a bank account, I have started receiving Phishing emails from that bank only. So why for some reason if you open up a bank account at a bank, most of the spam fraudulent emails come from that bank only and not other banks.

After speaking with a few colleagues and over 100 people, we were shocked to find out a very similar situation. Have a look at this:

“I have never had an email address before. I got one so that I could use it to receive my statement via email”. The only people who knew my email address was my bank”.

In addition part of the email has read the following:

“You recently opened a bank account with our bank”

Come on this can’t always be a coincidence. Something is not right. It can either be the banker who assisted in opening the account or the bank giving out the email address to 3rd parties. It can also be somebody with access to records.

How many times have you received email specials from different companies even after you specified not to be informed of any specials. This is not right. And have you ever tried reporting this? You wait on the phone for over 3 hours and then sent to 5 different people to speak to. You are not likely to ever find out what is happening.

The bottom line – Be careful when clicking on a statement – Some attachments are actually viruses and never login after clicking on an email link. Or even better, make use of your online banking but make sure you use a good anti-virus and firewall on your system.

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Robbery Scam / Geyser Scam / Similar Scams

How this happens is the following:

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You get a call from a person claiming to be from the government and they ask you if they can come check your geyser and then if needed to upgrade it free of charge. They then ask you for your latest details / address.

Afterwards, they let you know they will send out their so-called technicians. Now they know your address and then the unsuspecting person opens the door for them and that is when the robbery occurs.

Be very careful. These guys are armed and dangerous and will use whatever means they can to steal from you. Rather get the phone number and call them back and make sure you fully investigate and inform the police as soon as possible.

Similar Scams

This is similar to the electricity scam where people ask to check your electricity. In a similar manner, people will phone and say they will give you free energy saving light bulbs and you have to give your old ones to them.

Catching the criminals

Some people actually play along and act all naive. As soon as they are outside the house, simply call the local security company and have them locked up. Do not try take things into your own hands. Rather call the police / local security company to hide around the corner.

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South African Elections – Voting Registration Guide – It’s easy to register

There are 2 types of people in this world. Ones that wait for things to happen and the others that make things happen. You can’t expect your party to win in you do not bother to vote. You also do not have a say on anything if you do not vote.

Most people say it’s hard to register and hard to vote. It’s easy. Simply Follow the following steps:

STEP 1 – CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE

Click here to check if you have registered to vote  – Put in your ID number and verification code displayed on the screen and you will receive an answer right away on whether you are registered to vote or not.

Here is a sample screenshot of the above page…

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STEP 2 – ARE YOU NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? – FIND YOUR NEAREST VOTING STATION

Don’t stress. It’s easy. In order to register, you will need to go to the closest voting registration station / same as voting station near your area.

* It will probably be one of the local schools in your area

Click here to find the nearest voting station (Where you will need to go to register to vote)

(The voting station finder might take lots of time to get into) – If you can’t access it, feel free to click on the link below and choose a province at the bottom of the page. The province will give you a whole bunch of numbers for official electoral office in which you can call to get information on voting stations.

Click here to find an electoral office to contact if you can’t get into the above link

STEP 3 – GO REGISTER

Now that you know where you need to go register, you will need to go there on the following date:

You can only register yourself on the 9th and 10th of November. Saturday or Sunday between 8am and 5 pm – PLEASE BE THERE – THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IS DEPENDING ON YOU.

You will need the following in order to register:

  • South African, green, bar-coded ID book,
  • smartcard ID, or
  • Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) if you don’t have an ID book.

STEP 4 – WAIT 7 DAYS

After this waiting period, please check to make sure you are registered to vote by clicking on the link provided in STEP 1 of this guide. Make sure you are registered and if not, you need to find out why not because then it might be corruption.

STEP 5- IF YOU CANNOT COME RIGHT WITH ANY OF THE STEPS

0800 11 8000 – It works and the guys are actually quite friendly

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