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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New SIM Swap Bank Fraud – Beware it can happen to you in your sleep

In the past few months, more and more people are becoming victims to what is known as SIM Card / OTP PIN bank fraud. Please have a look at the list below of some people who have been frauded out of a great sum of money:

Note which bank they all belong to

Rob Ermes…………………………..R180,000…………………Cell C………….ABSA
Mary-Anne Hattingh…………………R90,000…………………Cell C………….ABSA
Former ABSA employee……………R346,900……………….Cell C………….ABSA
Esmaré Weideman………………….R360,000……………….MTN……………ABSA
Murray Baxter……………………….R117,000…………………MTN…………..ABSA
Gail Peddie……………………………R67,500…………………MTN…………..ABSA
Susan de Klerk……………………..R159,000………………..MTN……………ABSA
Eugene Malan………………………..R97,000………………..MTN……………ABSA
Marco X……………………………….R50,000…………………MTN……………ABSA
Andro Nel……………………………..R19,150…………………MTN…………..ABSA
K Pillay………………………………..R44,000……………….Not reported…..ABSA
Eben van Heerden…………………R110,000……………….Not reported…..ABSA
Beaulinda Meyering…………………R15,000……………….Vodacom……..ABSA
Gerhard van Vuuren………………..R26,655……………….Vodacom………ABSA

Please feel free to add to this list if you have been a victim. Simply add your name, or initials, amount of money as well as the network operating and the bank name.

How it all works

1. Somebody finds out your banking log-in details either by:
a) Sending you a phishing email (not likely since we know by now and most of us are very careful). We also
have anti-phishing software running on our PCs most of the time.
b) Using stupid passwords (some of us still do this but not likely)
c) This leaves us with the sad part of somebody working inside the bank illegally getting your log in
credentials. Inside jobs are quite common in South Africa. It all boils down to security measures that
the banks take to protect your log-in details. It seems that most of these illegal transfers out of your bank
account happen to ABSA account users.

2. Your OTP (One time pin) is sent to your cellphone number so that you can enter it into your bank
account before the transaction takes effect. Now what these fraudsters do is go to a MTN store and simply
do a SIM swap and on the new SIM card, your number get’s copied. In other words, if they put their phone
on, and log into your bank account, they can do whatever they have full carte blanche with your bank
account and all your hard earned money.

Why out of all the OTP verification banks are some banks more common to this fraud than others? This is what some of our viewers think the problem might be. Remember you have the freedom of speech.

1. The bank does not have proper security measures to keep the users passwords safe and properly encrypted
2. There might perhaps be a backdoor somewhere in the banking system that people have figured out
3. Inside job / the bank attendant is watching as the person enters in their pin

It surely can’t only be blamed on phishing scams as otherwise all banks would have these problems !

How can I protect myself

1. Keep your savings in a closed account that no call-out can be done unless you sign papers inside the bank and takes a little while to get going.

2. Regularly check your bank account and keep up to date with what is going on.

3. Add SMS Alerts to all your transactions – Reporting this straight away can be sorted out in many cases

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