By Hanno Labuschagne for MyBroadband
Mobile users in South Africa should be wary of scammers claiming to offer data or airtime packages at suspiciously low prices.
An online-based scam which claimed to sell unlimited prepaid data, voice calls, and messaging bundles was recently pointed out by MyBroadband Forum members.
A party calling itself “Unlimited Prepaid Bundles” was selling several mobile products which it claimed worked on Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom’s networks.
The scammers had also taken out sponsored ads on Facebook for these “unlimited” bundles.
Upon visiting the Facebook page for “Unlimited Prepaid Bundles”, we discovered several early warning signs of trouble.
The first was the suspiciously low pricing of the bundles, which included an uncapped monthly data bundle at R249 and yearly uncapped data at R799.
After MyBroadband lodged these queries, the Facebook page and website of the scammers were taken down.
MyBroadband notified African Bank of the site and provided the details of the bank account which was being used to scam buyers. The bank confirmed it had launched a forensic investigation into the account.