- Catfish scams have surged during the pandemic, as people spend more time on the internet, isolated from social gatherings.
- South African scammers who have created fake profiles to feign romantic interest for financial gain defrauded some R134 million in 2020, according to a study by Techshielder.
- And while South Africa only accounts for 2% of all reported catfish incidents in the top-20 countries, the average victim loses almost three times more money when falling for a South African scammer.
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Online scammers in South Africa who create fake profiles to attract and then defraud people looking for romance have cost victims around R134 million, according to a global catfishing report.
The global Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns have led to a surge in online interactions. It’s also led to isolation, with people cooped up indoors, unable to engage…