Cyber Safety

February 6, 2014 in Email

Cyber Safety


  • Phishing sites and emails often ask for information that a Bank would never ask you for or will never request you to update, such as personal or banking information.
  • Never give your personal details to anyone without verifying their identity.You should view emails and pop-up windows asking for your personal information with the same amount of suspicion you would the person behind you in an ATM queue.
  • Treat emails that appear to be from a Bank asking for personal details with suspicion. Never reply to their email or get into a conversation with them.
  Useful links:

Examples of fraudulent documents

SAPS: Banking Crimes: Identity Theft

SAPS: Banking Crimes: Phishing

SAPS: About 419 and Lottery Scam letters

Report Spam | Report Phishing | Report SMS Scams

  • Never provide your personal details, for example, your PIN or account details, by email.
  • Do not follow any links in emails to reach Internet banking websites. Malicious software could redirect the link to a fake site.
  • Always enter your bank’s website address (i.e. in the address bar to connect to your Internet banking site.
  • Do not create shortcuts on your desktop to Internet Banking. Malicious software could redirect the shortcut to a fake site.
  • Never disclose private information when social networking.
  • Be wary about who you invite or accept invitations from when social networking..
  • Be careful about clicking on links in an email or social networking posts.
  • Make sure children are educated about the risks of going online.
  • Get to know and use parental control settings.

How to spot spam
Spam emails may feature some of the following warning signs:

  • You don’t know the sender.
  • Contains misspellings (for example ‘p0rn’ with a zero) designed to fool spam filters.
  • Makes an offer that seems too good to be true, such as Lotto, inheritance or SARS payouts.
  • The subject line and contents do not match.
  • Contains an urgent offer end date (for example “Buy now and get 50% off”).
  • Contains a request to forward an email to multiple people, and may offer money for doing so.
  • Contains a virus warning.
  • Contains attachments, which could include .exe files.

All 419 scams and letters can be reported to SAPS, Snr Supt Fani
Tel 012 393 1203 or e-mail
General e-mail

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