For those of you set to book your vaccine appointment, we’re afraid you’re going to have to maintain a certain level of vigilance online: A new ’email scam’ has been reported in SA, targeting people who are eligible to get their jabs.
That’s the warning sent out by personal finance site, JustMoney. They’ve had a raft of complaints about a dodgy digital communication, which aims to trick victims into sharing their most sensitive details. Here’s how it works:
Shafeeka Anthony is JustMoney’s marketing manager. According to the expert, this behaviour is typical of fraudsters in South Africa, who have ‘no qualms’ in trying to scam those seeking a life-saving vaccine.
“Fraudsters are sophisticated in their methods and can be highly convincing. We have been notified of two cases where people received emails that appeared to be from the website health.gov.za, advising that their vaccination had been scheduled. They were asked to click on a link to confirm the appointment and provide personal information.”
“In the first case, the recipient had already received his first vaccination. He became suspicious, and, having checked the underlying email address, he realised it was not from the South African Department of Health. Fraudsters have no qualms about taking advantage of anyone who might be vulnerable and, sadly, older people are often targets.”