New scam targeting cellphone loyalty users in SA

New scam targeting cellphone loyalty users in SA

Think before you click! Make sure to verify text sources before clicking on any links sent to you. 

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There's nothing more frustrating (well, there could be) than falling for a scam. 

With the ease and trust that comes with scammers posing as legitimate brands, it can be so easy to fall for a scam. 

Even the most intelligent people fall victim to crime and clicking on a link is a dangerous thing to do. We, therefore, do not blame people for being overly cautious when it comes to links sent via email, text or other forms of connectivity. 

Discovery Bank has warned South Africans over the latest cellphone loyalty programme scam which is targeting cellphone network loyalty programmes – such as Vodacom’s VodaBucks. 

"It said those that have fallen victim received a message claiming their reward points or balance is about to expire. To redeem them, you must click on the link provided in the message. However, this link is designed to steal your personal information for financial gain, noted the bank." (Business Tech)

The message comes from an auto-generated number very much like the messages you get from your network provider. So, it is difficult to tell the difference. 

“Once you click on the link, you’ll be directed to a convincing but fake website, where you’ll be prompted to enter card details and an OTP. Instead of redeeming rewards, you’ll unknowingly authorise fraudulent transactions." (Business Tech)

Plus, these scams work on the premise of association, because you most likely have received messages like this before, you are more than likely to click from a place of trust. 


"To avoid this scam, the urges South Africans to stay vigilant and suspicious of any loyalty programme-related messages – adding that you should always verify the sender’s details, avoid clicking any links, and never share sensitive information such as your card details." (Business Tech)

As a general rule of thumb, always exercise caution before clicking on any links. 

It's like that age-old saying goes - rather be safe than sorry. 

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