THE Komani police have warned residents of a new cellular phone scam which is leaving residents out of pocket and without access to their phones.
Police spokesman Captain Namhla Mdleleni said police were currently investigating several related dockets.
The modus operandi involved a cellphone user receiving a call from a caller claiming to work for a cellphone provider.
The caller then warns the cellphone user that an attempt is being made to do a sim swop on his or her phone and offers to assist. The user is asked to provide a four-digit number, with some people having given their bank pin codes.
The phone is then disconnected and when the user tries to call back, he or she finds that a sim swop has been done, rendering the phone useless. Shortly afterwards, money is then removed from the user’s bank account.
Mdleleni said several cases of fraud was currently under investigation and appealed to people not to entertain such calls or to give out personal details on the phone.