International Internet hackers have engaged the top gear to cheat people into business partnerships with the intention of getting unauthorised access to bank accounts to steal money. The fraudsters, claiming to be staff of South African banking group Absa, are sending unsolicited e-mail messages to Internet users, saying there have huge sums of money in their possession left by deceased wealthy clients. They lure one into believing there are ready to share the bootie just by disclosing bank account details in order for the ‘foreign partner’ to transfer the money and then fly over to take a cut. One such fraudster, calling himself Jabu Sibiya in Sandton, South Africa and claiming to be a chief auditor of Absa, sent mails of this nature this week to several e-mail users – including this reporter – requesting for cooperation to transfer US$32 million (about K2.9 billion). Said the hacker: “I am only contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved to any foreign account because the money is in us dollars and the former owner of the account Mr. Smith B. Andreas is a foreigner too.” “We will sign an agreement, but be sure that it is real and a genuine business.” Full Story
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