June, 2015


Load shedding: Insurance companies issue new warnings

Insurance companies have warned consumers of a new trend where criminals allegedly target areas affected by load shedding, knowing alarms and other security features will not be active. The companies said this was just one of many problems facing insurers as load shedding continues. Consumers are also complaining that appliances such as microwaves, TVs and cellphones burn out as a result of power surges when electricity is finally restored.

Scamster use Gauteng premier’s name

The Gauteng provincial government has warned against a scam doing the rounds under the name of premier David Makhura. The provincial government said on Monday that it had learnt about “a scam by imposters who use the name of Premier David Makhura and make promises of jobs, investment opportunities and social grants”.

Waitress sentenced for cloning bank cards

A waitress at a sushi and cocktail bar in Sea Point, who used an illegal skimming device to clone the bank cards of three customers, was fined R50 000 or 15 months jail on Monday. In addition, Naledi Cecelia Masuku, a 28-year-old mother of a seven-year-old child, was fined R60 000 or 18 months, plus R30 000 or nine months, all conditionally suspended for five years, for violations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.

Sepp Blatter reconsidering resignation from FIFA presidency – report

Sepp Blatter is considering staying on as FIFA president despite his resignation in early June, according to Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag. The paper quoted an unnamed source close to Blatter as saying he “had received messages of support from African and Asian football associations” asking him to rethink his decision to step down.

The police organisation will freeze the use of financial contributions from Fifa.

Interpol has announced the suspension of its agreement with Fifa following investigations into corruption against football’s governing body.   Under a May 2011 agreement, the world police body received a donation from Fifa worth €20 million to create a 10-year integrity in sport programme. However, there have questions about money changing hands in connection with the awarding of soccer World Cups.

Criminals beware – police car of the future is here

Criminals beware! The next-generation police car has arrived and its technology could land you behind bars. The car, a joint project by Vodacom and Samsung, is on exhibit at the Free State ICT Summit 2015 in Bloemfontein, which ends on Friday. Part of the technology makes it possible to read number plates and compare the relevant vehicle to information on a central database.

The best tech to stop criminals from breaking into your home

Having a safe home is on the priority list of most South Africans – here is some tech which can make the job a bit easier. While hiring the services of security guards or armed response companies is the route some people walk, others prefer to take safety matters into their own hands. Below is a selection of tech and gadgets, some of which can be ordered from overseas, that you can use to make your home safer.

Load shedding scam warning

A conman is cashing in on pensioners’ worries about load shedding and high electricity bills. He got away with R24 000 from one Richmond couple and, after another elderly pensioner was scammed out of R16 000, police believe it is probably the same crook. Now, they are warning people in Richmond, particularly the elderly, to be wary of strangers who ring up offering to help with their water and electricity bills.

Ponzi fears mount as 20,000 flock to online ‘stokvel’ Wealth Hub

The Financial Services Board (FSB) has raised the alarm over a popular new online stokvel, The Wealth Hub, which signed up more than 20000 people within weeks. The regulator said this week that neither The Wealth Hub nor its three top bosses were registered with it. It added that it was concerned that Wealth Hub CEO Dr Ngoato Takalo had given the impression that the scheme was registered as an authorised services provider.

#Fifagate: Blatter’s top lieutenant linked to payments

Fifa’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke made $10m in bank transactions central to the bribery investigation. US prosecutors believe Fifa President Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant made $10 million in bank transactions that are central to the bribery investigation of the world football body, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Jerome Valcke, Fifa’s secretary general, is described in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as an unidentified “high-ranking Fifa official” who in 2008 transferred the sum to another Fifa official, Jack Warner.

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