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OFFICE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

The Office of the South African Police Service is committed to the creation of a safe and secure environment for all the citizens of our country.

The mission of the South African Police Service is to:

The South African Police Service has forged close co-operation and enjoy good relations with other police agencies across the world. We have established, and maintain effective communication channels due to our dedicated, foreign liaison-officer-network.

For further information on the South African Police Service visit the website: www.saps.gov.za

FRAUD ALERT!!

It has come to the attention of the South African Police Service that unsolicited letters, faxes and e-mails are being sent all over the world by fraudsters, purporting to be senior government officials from South Africa or officials within our central banking institution, the South African Reserve Bank. In such unsolicited correspondence most commonly sent out, the fraudster will claim to have over inflated government contracts, thus generating a personal profit. The recipient of the unsolicited correspondence is offered a reward of between 10 to 30% in return for help in smuggling the money out of the country.

These types of letters are an "Advance Fee Fraud", or what is more commonly known as "419-Letter-scams". They are most definitely not distributed by South African government officials or officials from the South African Reserve Bank. It is, however, a fact that, in many instances, the fraudsters are not even operating from within South Africa, but are distributing the correspondence from other countries. They have absolutely nothing to do with South Africa, and have merely engaged in a process of identity hi-jacking.

Although "419-Letter-scams" can take on many forms, certain common "characteristics" do exist that should alert the recipient:

You are advised not to respond to these unsolicited letters, faxes and e-mails, unless you have made one hundred percent sure that it is a legitimate, bona-fide business proposition from an authentic organization or institution.

Do not underestimate the fraudsters - they can be very convincing and specifically target the most common human weakness, namely GREED! Most recipients are skeptical and immediately realize that the correspondence is a fraud. It is, however, a reality that hundreds of people have lost large sums of money after being lured into these scams. Other individuals, who have responded simply out of curiosity, have had their names and company letterheads abused in other fraudulent scams.

Advance Fee Fraud affects many countries, and there is close co-operation between foreign police agencies at an international level, to combat this crime.

The following advice if offered to UK residents:

If you have received unsolicited correspondence that you find suspicious, kindly report it to your local police station or Fraud Squad for investigation.

The UK website for fraud awareness is www.met.police.uk/fraud

NB: Please do not contact the South African High Commission directly regarding this type of fraud. This office only facilitates investigations between the host country and South Africa and not from individual complainants.

POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE 

South African Police Clearance Certificates are obtainable from the Criminal Records Centre in Pretoria, South Africa; Contact crc-nameclear@saps.gov.za / 002712-3933903

For further information on obtaining a Police Clearance Certificate contact Mr Grant Thayer on 02074517168 or email: ThayerG@dirco.gov.za

SAPS Representative

Colonel, T Naicker

Tel No: 02074517176 or email: naickert@dirco.gov.za