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Newcastle SAPS spokesperson Lizzy Arumugam explained, “Members of the community are warned of the ongoing online scam known as Onisec Future, Bitfury or Skye State. The scammers are encouraging the victims to make deposits into banking accounts, and they are promised high returns or good profit.”
However, after making the necessary deposits, Arumugam explained that “clients” are unable to make withdrawals and cannot communicate with the respective company.
According to Arumugam, community members usually become aware of the supposed investment opportunities through social media and interacting with individuals who have allegedly joined up.
“They (victims) interact with the suspects who pretend to be knowledgeable and wish to assist them with registrations and deposits. The victims are promised high returns and further communication stops when huge sums of money have been deposited,” Arumugam pointed out.
While no cases have been reported to Newcastle SAPS as yet, Arumugam said, “Currently, the detectives from the Provincial Commercial Crime Unit are investigating two cases of fraud, opened in Phoenix and in Mountain Rise.”
If you have fallen prey to this or come across such companies, you are encouraged to report it to the Newcastle SAPS.
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