Scam Warnings



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Reference: SPF3527283

A message, apparently from Samsung in South Korea, requesting the recipient to read an attached message and to contact their banker for a payment.    The attachments are safe, but falsely inform the recipient of a promotional gift of One Million British Pounds. Do not engage with the sender, and mark the email as spam.  


Urgent notification

A warning, seeming to be from UP, stating that  your account had been accessed from a foreign country and providing a link to 'secure your account if this wasn't you'. 

The email is not from UP and is a phishing scam. Do not respond, but mark it as spam. 

Recipients who have responded by logging in using the provided link, should change their passwords immediately. 


Account suspension

Warning that your account will be 'disconnected' and containing a link allegedly providing instructions on how to resolve the issue. This is a phishing attempt. The request should be ignored and marked as spam. 


Proof of payment for outstanding amount

Message with an attachment requiring the recipient to log in to review a 'proof of payment'.   This is a common phishing attempt. The message  should be ignored and marked as spam. 


Hey Future Tuks Graduate ... 

Invitation to students to subscribe to a scheme promising great rewards for students who successfully graduate This looks like a dubious scheme and recipients are strongly advised not to respond. Please mark the email as spam to enable Google to identify the message as such.    


The recipient's address is displayed as the subject

Message to verify the account for some or other reason. A link is provided for sign on to 'revalidate' the account.  This is a phishing attempt. Recipients should never click on links provided or enter their login credentials. Recipients who have responded by logging in using the provided link, should change their passwords immediately. 


Notifications from SARS

During the tax return season fraudulent email notifcations appearing to be from SARS abound. See the SARS website for more information.


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A short message to review an attached form. The attached form appears to include payroll information, but was not sent from the UP Salary Division. Its purpose may be the distribution of malware or phishing.  


Your mailbox is restricted

Verify email account to release undelivered mail

Action requested to release mail not delivered to the recipients inbox, or to sync content to a quarantined device. These are phishing attempts. Recipients should not click on links provided or enter their login credentials. Recipients who have responded by logging in using the links provided, should change their passwords immediately. 


Share request for 'Root'

Message received multiple times from Google and indicating that access is requested to a shared drive called 'Root' .  These messages are not malicious, but inadvertently resulted when a Google shared drive was created and then deleted. Subsequent attempts to access the drive triggered the message to all original members of the drive. Please ignore and delete the messages.        


Do you have a minute? 

Quick assistance needed please

Request for an urgent EFT payment

An unusual, short and urgent message seemingly from a senior manager to a staff member reporting to them.


Critical security alert

Message from Google that a sign-in attempt to a Google account was blocked

This message could be a legitimate alert from Google or a phishing scam. On receipt, do not use the link provided to check the reported sign-in attempt, but go directly to your Account by clicking on your  photo or logo at the top right of your opened Gmail account.


Multichoice DStv Explora Reference Code Number

Notification of a gift card as a cash-back reward to selected DStv customers


Compromised Wi-Fi router

Cybercriminals may hi-jack your Wi-Fi router or  unauthorised people may use your router and data to browse the Internet   How to secure your Wi-Fi router


Various coronavirus scams

Cybercriminals are using people's concerns for their health and safety as an opportunity to scam people by email, SMS and WhatsApp.

Social Media:

Twitter hack

I am giving back to my fans ...

A promise to double any bitcoin gift

Published by Erica Ferreira

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