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Beware When Carrying Cash

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry warns bank clients to always remain alert when carrying cash. Incidents from 2016 to 2017 increased by 4%. However, from January to June 2018, there was a 33% decrease when compared to the same period in 2017, with 478 and 709 incidents respectively. Bank client cash losses for 2018 from January to June amounted to just over R21 million, which was a decrease of 5% from the same period in 2017.

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SABRIC Lauds Special Meeting on Cash-in-Transit Heist

SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) applauds the decision taken by the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Police (Parliament of the Republic of South Africa) to hold a Special Meeting on Cash-In-Transit (CIT) heists, scheduled for 13 June 2018.

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Release of Card Fraud Stats 2017

SABRIC, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, on behalf of the banking industry has released its Card Fraud Stats for 2017 which reflect an overall decrease in card fraud. Debit card fraud decreased by 8.5% while credit card fraud increased by 1%, from R434.0m in 2016 to R436.7m in 2017.

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SABRIC & Nelson Mandela Join Forces in the Fight Against Cybercrime

SABRIC (South African Risk Information Centre) utilises a model of collaboration which sees banks and other key stakeholders such as the National Cybersecurity Hub work closely together to derive robust proactive measures to build cyber-resilience and create awareness for cybercrimes. SABRIC and the Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security (CRICS) at the Nelson Mandela University have joined forces in this regard. Master’s student, Rahul Maharaj from CRICS, have  produced five cybercrime videos about online shopping, mobile banking, computer hygiene, malware and card fraud in collaboration with SABRIC, to empower members of the public with safety tips while transacting  using digital channels.

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OR Tambo Heist

SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) has expressed outrage at last night’s Cash in Transit heist at OR Tambo International airport. “The brazenness of the criminals involved, as well as the ease with which access was gained to such a secure area is of huge concern to us”, says Kalyani Pillay, CEO of SABRIC.

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Money Matters Matter

The Banking Association South Africa (BASA) together with its 23 Member Banks and 43 Financial Institutions who collaborate on StarSaver™ will be celebrating Global Money Week from 12 March to 18 March 2018. The Banking Association South Africa, is the custodian of the StarSaver™ programme, which is a generic financial literacy programme to inculcate a culture of saving among young people and encourage volunteerism in the financial sector.

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Ponzi & Pyramid Schemes

SABRIC, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, urges consumers to be sceptical of any investment that seems too good to be true, to prevent being deceived by so-called investments that promise quick, high and guaranteed returns.

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NGCOBO Station Attack

SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) has expressed its outrage at the attack on the police station at Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape in the early hours of this morning, where a number of police members and a civilian were shot and killed. This was followed by an attack on an ATM in the close vicinity.

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Be Careful! Criminals are Targeting Your Stokvel Payout This Festive Season

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry would like to warn members of stokvel social clubs to be extra cautious. A recent spate of armed robberies took place across the country after stokvel money was withdrawn for distribution.

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Keep Your Money Safe This Festive Season

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry, is cautioning the public about bank crimes that could be prevalent this Festive Season.

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Crime Stats Release

SABRIC acknowledges the release of the past years crime statistics by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, and remains very concerned about the high number of violent CIT robberies that have taken place this year.

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Release of Card Fraud Stats 2016

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry has released its Card Fraud Stats for 2016, which reflects an overall increase in card fraud for 2016. Credit card fraud increased by 13% from R331.4m in 2015 to R374.4m in 2016, with debit card fraud increasing by 3.1% for the same period.

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ID Number & Personal Information Data Breach

SABRIC encourages consumers to protect their personal information by sharing it very selectively and on a need to know basis only. Personal information includes identity documents, driver’s licenses, passports, addresses and contact details amongst others. In addition, confidential information, which includes usernames, password and PIN numbers should never be shared with anybody.

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Cyber Intelligence Research Group

The South African banking industry is aware that the findings of research conducted by the Cyber Intelligence Research Group and specifically the Cyber Exposure Index, which was released yesterday, may cause unnecessary fear, uncertainty and doubt. Whilst research is an important component for the development of cybersecurity products and services, an organisation’s cyber risk exposure cannot be determined purely on external factors but must also take internal factors into consideration.

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Don't Fall Victim to Cash Robberies

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry remains concerned with the number of bank clients that fall victim to cash robberies daily. These incidents increased by 4% from 2015 to 2016, with 695 incidents reported so far in 2017. Bank client cash losses for 2017 from January to June, amounted to R21 million.

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Be on the Lookout for Phishing, Vishing and Smishing Scams

SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) would like to remind bank clients to always be on the lookout for Phishing, Vishing and SMishing scams

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Safe Banking Over the Festive Season

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), on behalf of the banking industry, has launched a Safe Banking Campaign to empower bank clients with information to ensure that they bank safely over the Festive Season. As the year comes to a close, fraudsters take advantage of the fact that consumers receive bonuses, spend more money and are generally more relaxed because they are in holiday mode. SABRIC wants ensure that bank clients are empowered with information in order to protect themselves.

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Don't Let Criminals Get Their Hands on Your Money

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) on behalf of the banking industry continues to express concern at the number of bank clients that fall victim to cash robberies daily. For the period January to September 2016, a decrease of 12 % was recorded when compared with the same period in 2015. Notwithstanding this decrease, the cash loss suffered for the 2016 period thus far has increased by 5%.

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Get Rich Quickly

Money schemes that offer unusually high interest rates or returns, should be treated with the greatest of suspicion.  Whilst it is tempting to pursue offers that promise quick and large returns, consumers need to understand the associated risks and that the probability of actually getting rich this way, is very low to none.

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SABRIC Cautions Women to be Alert on Dating Sites and Social Media Platforms

This Women’s month, SABRIC, South African Banking Risk Information Centre, as part of its Schemes and Scams Campaign, alerts women to online dating scams.A recent survey shows that over 49 million people in the United States alone have tried online dating. This can be a great way for singles to meet their perfect match, but is alsoa a way for cybercriminals to seek out their victims.

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Wise Up and Watch Out for Schemes and Scams

Norton by Symantec released their latest report1 on online crimes, which shows an average of 21 hours and $358 lost per consumer globally over the past year. As more business transactions such as paying bills, shopping and trading have moved online, people have unfortunately also become more susceptible to online crimes.

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SABRIC Encourages Bank Consumers to Take Care of Their Cyber Security

With the increase of cybercrime worldwide, the issue of cyber security has moved from the server room to the board room in many local businesses, and the banking sector is no different. It is with this in mind that the industry is currently embarking on a national campaign to encourage bank customers to take great care of their cybersecurity. ‘Skelm’ is an old English word, widely used by South Africans of all cultures to describe sinister rascals. It is also the inspiration behind the campaign, which aims to empower South Africans to protect themselves against banking fraud.

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Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Online Services

The DHA offer SABRIC Banks access to a number of their Online Services as part of their on-going working relationship and spirit of co-operation with SABRIC to jointly combat bank-related fraud.

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You Could be Sharing Too Much Personal Information on Social Media

As Banks advance with new technologies to fight bank related fraud, fraudsters are resorting to more subtle ways of stealing personal information for the purpose of perpetrating identity related fraud. In the past, criminals focused on stealing identity books so that they could replace the photograph and impersonate the victim when applying fraudulently for products or services. They are now collecting diverse personal information, whether it’s an email address or a phone number, and then utilizing this information collectively to take over customer identities. What is worse is that most of this information is freely shared by bank consumers, without being aware that it can be used by criminals to defraud them.

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Card Fraud Decreases, Banking Industry Reports

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) is pleased that the banking industry has seen an overall decrease in card fraud in 2015. In releasing its annual card fraud statistics, SABRIC has stated that credit card fraud has decreased by 28.6% from R353.3m in 2014 to R252.2m in 2015 with an increase of 8, 3 % for debit card fraud in the same period.

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