November, 2015


City cracks down on fraud syndicate

An official working for a company contracted to the City was arrested at work on Friday 20 November for allegedly being part of a 11 member syndicate that had been defrauding customers for months. The City’s anti-fraud unit was alerted to the scam by a customer who had received a fraudulent email demanding payment and alleging that the City had changed its banking details.

Pretoria “Uber for security” app is live

The first phase of the Namola security application has been given the green light in the City of Tshwane. “Roll-out has started at Atteridgeville and Pretoria CBD. Once these areas are covered and Namola has been adopted there we will move out to the remaining regions,” Craig Rivett of Ever Africa told Fin24 about the launch. The project, which bills itself as an “Uber for security”, initially worked as a smartphone application so that people could call for an escort when they felt unsafe.

IAAF chief president Coe admits Eugene world championship decision was wrong: report

IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who is at the centre of controversy over his links to Nike, has admitted that the process by which the 2021 world championships were awarded to Eugene in America was wrong, The Times newspaper reported Thursday. The report came as the International Association of Athletics Federations council met in Monaco with mounting pressure on Coe over the Oregon-based multinational sportswear firm and doping in Russia.

Consumers advised on how to avoid fraudsters this festive season

CONSUMERS are urged to caution against becoming victims of fraud as the festive season steadily approaches. This according to Nitesh Patel, head of customer financial solutions and personal banking at Standard Bank, who urged consumers to remain vigilant, especially during the holiday season, and to watch out for different scams which include travel scams and the the fake listing of accommodation for rent online.

Joburg man shoots intruder dead

Yet another Joburg family has fought back against robbers who gained entry to their property, shooting one of them in the head. A shoot-out ensued at a Hyde Park home on Thursday afternoon after a man in his forties noticed four men wearing black balaclavas entering his yard. Police spokesman Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said the man first saw the intruders trying to open his gate at about 2pm. When they eventually gained entry, he screamed, prompting a second man to emerge from the house.

Athletics doping scandal: Six things you need to know

Global sport continues to dish up crises that sound like they come from some sort of B-grade Hollywood flick. Now Russian Athletics stand accused of a doping programme so sophisticated it would make Lance Armstrong blush. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks six things you need to know about the scandal.

Bullies in blue: When cops stoop to criminal tactics

Police brutality has spiralled out of control, with torture and alleged executions becoming commonplace. The Sunday Times investigates SA’s police gone rogue The road to Msinga Top takes you through stony valleys and past scattered settlements rising high into mountains where goats nibble on sparse scrub. Retired teacher Ntombana Malinga has lived in this remote corner of KwaZulu-Natal all her life. At 98, she thought she’d seen it all. But on June 3, her world imploded.

Teacher in court after being accused of raping grade 7 pupil

A 47-year-old man appeared in court after he was accused of raping a grade 7 pupil. The Gauteng Education Department says it’s prepared a letter of intention to suspend a 47-year-old teacher accused of sexually assaulting a grade 7 pupil at a primary school near Ivory Park in Midrand. The man appeared in the Tembisa Magistrates Court this afternoon and is expected to remain in custody until December.  

Islamists attack luxury hotel in Mali capital, TV says commandos free 80 hostages

 Malian special forces stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 people including many foreigners hostage in the capital of the former French colony, which has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years. “They’ve penetrated inside the hotel. The operations are under way,” a police source told Reuters.

Banks under fire over R99 debit order scam

Innocent victims whose money has been disappearing from their bank accounts through mystery debit orders feel banks are not doing enough to safeguard their hard-earned cash. Fin24 has been inundated with emails from irate bank customers following an expose on Special Assignment on Sunday which lifted the lid on how easy it is for dubious companies operating in the call centre space to gain access to bank accounts through unauthorised debit orders. Not one of the big banks have been spared from criticism from the victims of debit order fraud.

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