If there is one thing that no one can argue with, then it's the fact that Scams never die. It does not matter how old or outdated the scam, it always resurface.
The sad reality is that every time even the most outdated scam resurfaces, someone becomes a victim. What can I do? One needs to Educate oneself about scam, how they work and how they are pulled off by the scammers.
Some scams are so well-planned and with all the technology available, people still fall victim of these scam.
"THE CRYER SCAM" are back & and actively scamming people out of their money in various parts of South Africa.
If you have a domestic worker, you are a target. Several community members received phone calls from "husbands" of their "suddenly deceased" domestic workers crying, informing them their wife suddenly died of "a pain".
They then hand the phone to the kids, or sometimes they phone on behalf of the husband and hand over the phone to the husband who also puts up an act of crying.
They request money to be paid to a cell phone number to assist the family. The "husband" will confirm your address and some of your personal details to make it sound legitimate.
They obtained the information from your domestic worker by phoning your landline during the day when you are at work and pretend to be from the Department of Labour (they can use any government institution details and name).
They source the address and other personal information of both you and the domestic worker.
INSTRUCT your domestic worker (and kids) to NOT give out any information (even if the caller says he or she is from the Police) about you or themselves.
Let them take down the name and tel number of the caller, and pass it on to you to phone.
In the past, the following numbers were used for these scams:
At this stage, we don't have concrete evidence on which numbers they are using. Kindly share this information and numbers with friends and people you care about.