South Africa is Facing a “Massive” Mobile Fraud Problem, says Expert


Anti-fraud firm, Evina has determined that one out of every three mobile subscription attempts in South Africa is fraudulent. The company believes that South African cellular users are very often subscribed to mobile services without their consent.

After Kenya, South Africa is the African country most affected by fraud that daily fleeces millions from the mobile accounts of cellular users around the globe.

“As Africa’s most advanced economy, it is particularly tragic that South African mobile users are falling victim to subscription frauds that are well managed in many other countries,” says David Lotfi, CEO of Evina. This at a time when locals are under significant financial pressure following the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fraud is not treated seriously enough by the various mobile payment actors and this can be seen in the fact that 31% of mobile subscription requests in South Africa in July were fraudulent.

Lofti says that this is deeply concerning and the solution is not to block mobile value-added subscriptions by default but to manage the problem with better tools and expertise.

Evina has determined that South Africans are mostly at risk from a very basic fraudulent mobile activity, clickjacking.

“Clickjacking is a type of mobile-based fraud that is more than five years old and could be blocked very quickly if local market players took this threat seriously,” says Lotfi.

To a lesser extent, South African mobile users are also targets of a whole range of nefarious applications commonly available for app store download and these include everything from flashlight to wallpaper, pedometer, file manager and video maker apps.

“Fraudsters are everywhere but they are particularly interested in South Africa,” concludes Lotfi.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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