• With numerous types of scams around, it is vital that we know how to pay attention to avoid falling victim to these scammers. Our Community Safety Tips published from p48 in Servamus: August 2022 provides valuable tips on spotting scams.

  • Scammers are greedy con-artists who want to make as much money as they can and without thinking about the harm they cause to others. Our article published from p10 in Servamus: August 2022, warn readers about a variety of scams to watch out for.

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Article and photos provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Every year, more and more light is shed on the cruelty behind the breeding industry that is often kept hidden from the public by breeders. Glossy adverts of cute puppies, kittens and other animals are shared on platforms such as Gumtree or Junk Mail. These misleading adverts easily pull the wool over members of the public's eyes - blinding them about the conditions in which the adult animals are kept and where the babies were born. For the purpose of this article, reference is made to dogs in particular, however, the cruelty applies to a variety of animals enslaved in the breeding industry.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

In a country where 7.9 million people are unemployed (StatsSA, 2022), it comes as no surprise that many people fall for employment scams. With more than 30% of the adult population desperate to get a job and income, many will do anything to secure a job, even pay for it or provide private information to a complete stranger. Scammers exploit this desperation and are quick to lure victims into their criminal web of deceit.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

Diamonds are not only one of the most beautiful gemstones, it is also the most durable substance known to mankind. For most people diamonds are associated with celebrating significant life events such as marriage. In addition, they also make worthy investments. But be aware: some individuals in the diamond industry are scam artists who want to get their hands on eager investors’ money.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

In these tough economic times one cannot blame people if they want their money to grow, especially when good returns are promised, as in the case of cryptocurrencies. These include Bitcoin and Ethereum, Dogecoin and Tether and many other types of cryptocurrencies, which can be very overwhelming to people who want to invest in the crypto market. White-collar criminals are well aware of this and will eagerly scam people out of their hard-earned money.

Servamus - August 2022

In these tough economic times one cannot blame people if they want their money to grow, especially when good returns are promised, as in the case of cryptocurrencies.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Diamonds are not only one of the most beautiful gemstones, it is also the most durable substance known to mankind.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where 7.9 million people are unemployed (StatsSA, 2022), it comes as no surprise that many people fall for employment scams.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Every year, more and more light is shed on the cruelty behind the breeding industry that is often kept hidden from the public by breeders.
Article and photos provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Pollex - August 2022

General Notice 642 of 2021, issued in terms of section 19(2) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002 by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is published in Government Gazette No 45419 dated 2 November 2021.
Introduction Have you, the reader (in particular law enforcement officers) ever heard of the following?

Letters - August 2022

Congratulations to the following Servamus subscribers who have each won a book in the past few months’ book review competitions:
A resolution adopted in 2018, by a group of retired and serving members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to reach out to needy families, recently benefitted the Tlapu family in Tantanana village outside Phokeng, Rustenburg.
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