Fake fine sms stealing your money?

William Nchefu, the head of Mogale City Traffic Department.

If you receive a sms that reads “A case has been opened against you”, it’s a scam, said the Traffic Department.

“People have been getting smses that claim they owe money because of fines,” William Nchefu, head of Mogale City Traffic Department told the News.

He warned this is a scam. People receive smses alleging they have outstanding fines and that a case has been opened against them. Sometimes people pay the amounts claimed to be owed into the bank account provided and lose their money.

“We have such cases in Krugersdorp and I know about one in Roodepoort,” chief superintendent Marietjie Steyn said.

Nchefu did say, however, they do send out smses reminding motorists of outstanding fines, but there is always a long reference number and a call centre number in the sms. You also will receive one sms per offence and not one sms with the accumulating offences.

“And we cannot open a case against you,” Nchefu added.

Watch out for these signs in a fake fine alert sms:

• the name Constable Zwane is misused in the sms

• no call centre number is provided, only a cellphone number

• it starts with “A case has been opened against you”

These smses have increased over the last three months and many have become victims of the scam.

Nchefu said they have tried to track down the scamsters through the number provided in the sms, but it is untraceable.

The public is urged to help the department to identify who is behind the scam.

When you receive an sms from the Traffic Department, verify it by calling 011 951 2282/2283.

Also read:

• Know your rights when you get pulled over

• Don’t throw your fine in the trash

• ‘Speed cops, why so many traps?’

Chantelle Fourie

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