POPIA is in effect, but be careful with your data » Scammer News
It has been nearly a year since the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has commenced. While companies are scrambling to ensure their compliance, many of us aren’t cautious enough when it comes to the distribution of our personal information.
‘We’ve seen many concerning cases where our customers are freely giving away their information in a public forum,’ says Louis Bosman of Gumtree South Africa.
‘There have also been cases of stolen identities that we’ve seen, where copies of IDs and social media profiles are being used to perpetrate fraud.
Louis tips on what you should be doing to protect yourself:
- Do not share a copy of your ID document or drivers’ license online
‘We’ve seen plenty of job seekers attach copies of their IDs to job applications or even post them online in full public view during their job search. These copies are downloaded and used to fraudulently open accounts or to scam…