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Scammers target public with bogus SA government sites

Story from: CAJ News Africa

South-Africa-Government-Technology-SpyFrom TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE ZA Central Registry (ZACR), which administers the .za Second Level domain name space, has urged the public to be wary of fake South African government websites and emails.These have been devised to trick consumers into divulging sensitive personal information such as usernames, passwords or financial data in order to perpetuate tender-related scams.
ZACR Chief Executive Officer, Lucky Masilela, bemoaned the prevalence of such trick, known as cyber squatting.
It refers to the registration of well-known company or brand names as Internet domain names with the intent to resell them at a profit.
“New forms of domain name abuse unrelated to commercial rights have started to become apparent,” Masilela said.
“Amongst these is what is known as phishing where a domain name
resembling, for example, a government department is registered with the possibility of conducting fraudulent activities.”
Masilela said this new phishing tactic, where fraudsters make contact with members of the public, usually via email in an attempt to direct them to fake versions of government websites, had been extensively reported in the media of late.“Members of the public should always double check the address of the website they are navigating to ensure they are interacting with a legitimate South African government website with a valid domain name ending with gov.za,” Masilela explained.
– CAJ News

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