Protecting yourself from online scammers in the festive season

MyBroadband senior journalist Jan Vermeulen says that people have to look out for the smallest warning signs as scammers look to exploit people's use of their personal details on the internet during the festive season.

In the weekly Money Matters feature, Vermeulen spoke to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo about how people can protect their personal and banking details from online scammers.

The thing that people tend to forget is that its these scammers' job to make the thing look as plausible as possible

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband senior journalist

Recently, at least 100 matriculants who were to attend Plett Rage in Plettenberg Bay were victims of an accommodation scam.

According to Vermeulen, information about the kind of scams that exist and how scammers operate is easily available on the internet.

The internet has a wealth of information on it about scammers

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband senior journalist

While encouraging people to be vigilant about the personal details they share online and the websites they use, Vermeulen says that once a person has been scammed, they shouldn't give up easily in their attempts to track down what they have been scammed out of.

What scammers bank on is people giving up, especially when smaller amounts of money are involved. These guys bank on the fact that its so much effort to follow up, to keep calling, to keep hounding and to make yourself a nuisance, because its as much trouble for you as it is for them at the end of the day

Jan Vermeulen, MyBroadband senior journalist

Listen to the conversation below:


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