Be a fraud, very a fraud: beware of credit impersonators out ...

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Be a fraud, very a fraud: beware of credit impersonators out there

To avoid a nightmare like one reader suffered, it’s a good idea to register with the SA Fraud Prevention Service

Consumer journalist

As a proof of identity, a green book or card does a terrible job of protecting us from impersonation fraud.

Incidence of this crime quadrupled in 2020, so more South Africans than ever have had an impersonator go on a merry spending spree in their name, leaving them with massive debt and nothing to show for it, except for a financially debilitating “blacklisting” on their credit profile.

Clearly we need more protection, and it’s coming soon — a digital ID, including our unique biometrics: voice, fingerprints and face...

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