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If you’ve been involved in a car accident, do not give out your home address to anyone. This protects you from possible intimidation. #StaySmart
Date added: 1 October 2016
Your claim may be rejected if you are involved in an accident and your insurance company finds out that your car wasn’t roadworthy. Even worn wipers can jeopardise your claim. Make sure your car is roadworthy at all times! #StaySmart
Your claim can be rejected if your insurer finds that your car isn’t roadworthy! Make sure your car is in a roadworthy condition at all times. #StaySmart
Don’t accept workplace harassment! If you’ve used all the internal company procedures available to you as an employee, lodge a complaint with the CCMA. #StaySmart
Date added: 1 September 2016
Scammers who pretend to be SARS officials, go from house to house demanding payment for “outstanding amounts”. Never give cash to anyone claiming to be from SARS! All moneys need to be paid directly into SARS’ bank account. Remember: SARS doesn’t usually send agents to individuals or businesses to collect outstanding money.
Date added: 1 August 2016
Don’t be fooled by people pretending to be SARS officials! They will try anything to get your personal information – SMSs, emails, calls, and even face-to-face visits. Never give out any information. #StaySmart
Scammers are sending emails around containing links to fake gift cards in the hopes of stealing your personal information. Think before you click! If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Date added: 1 July 2016
Can you believe that there are people who put in fraudulent claims to the RAF, essentially stealing money from those who actually need it? If you know of any suspicious RAF-related activity, you can call the toll-free tip-off line - 0800 005 919.
Scammers pretending to be from the RAF are contacting members of the public, asking them for their information so they can deposit compensation into their accounts. Never give out any personal information unless you are absolutely sure you are dealing with legitimate officials. When in doubt, hang up and call the RAF directly.
Many scammers out there are just trying to make others' lives miserable. Recently, scammers on Facebook tagged users in a video. When the user would click on the link, the video would start playing, but then stop to ask the viewer to install a fake Flash player. This link will then load malware onto your computer. The lesson here is, as always: CHECK before you CLICK!
Date added: 25 May 2016
There are scammers out there that "rent out" properties that are not theirs to let, or do not even exist! Never pay a deposit if you haven't seen the property in question, or are sure that the person is indeed the true landlord. If you are still unsure of his/her legitimacy, you can ask to see the utilities bill for the property.
Date added: 12 February 2016
Never allow anyone you do not know to call your insurance company on your behalf. There are some unethical towing companies that pretend to get approval from your insurer, potentially leaving you with a hefty bill for towing fees and storage!
Date added: 11 December 2015
If an investment opportunity offers very high return on investments, is never widely advertised, is not authorised by or registered with financial service providers, and you have to recruit other people to get return on your investment, it is most likely a Ponzi scheme. Stay away!
Date added: 11 November 2015
If money is being taken from your account, and you have not signed an agreement and consented to someone making those deductions, you should contact your bank immediately to stop the deductions. Scorpion policyholders can talk to us for assistance.
Date added: 14 October 2015
The UIF Benefit Scam: Beware of companies who claim that they can get unpaid money owed to you from the UIF. They will charge you a fee for their services, and simply disappear! Dealing with the UIF is always free, and if you need assistance, you can contact Scorpion.
Date added: 5 October 2015
If you get an SMS asking for your ID and tax number to avoid payment delays, DO NOT SEND IT! It's just another way scammers try to steal your personal information.
Date added: 9 August 2015
If you receive a letter from SARS claiming that you are being audited or if someone claiming to be an auditor visits you, do not give any information without first confirming their identity. Rather call the SARS contact centre on 0800 7277 to be sure.
Date added: 8 August 2015
SARS will never send you an e-mail or SMS asking you to provide personal, tax, banking and e-Filing information. Even if the e-mail or SMS looks official and says it is from SARS:
(1) Do not open or respond.
(2) Delete immediately.
Date added: 7 August 2015
Everybody wants to get rich – and quick! But be careful you don't fall for a pyramid scheme. If your income is dependent on how many people you recruit, and not on how much product you sell, it could be a pyramid scheme. Do your homework before putting any money on the table!
Date added: 13 April 2015
While looking for work, make sure you keep your eyes open for scammers! If a recruiter or potential employer asks you to fax your CV to a number starting with 086, be careful. Faxing something to one of these numbers will likely cost you a lot of money, and make the scammers rich in the process. Rather ask if you can email your documents. A legitimate employer will give you that option.
Date added: 6 April 2015
If you ever get a call from an unknown source telling you that you've been pre-approved for a loan, hang up! This is just another way for tricksters to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. No reputable lender will approve you for a loan without first doing a full background check.
Date added: 5 April 2015