Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala falls victim to cellphone fraudsters
Posted: 15 November 2016 Time: 16:21
Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala has become yet another victim of cell phone cloning, losing a couple of thousands rands to fraudsters who swindled the money from his family and close friends.
Chabalala has since abandoned that cell phone number.
The 25 year-old confirms that these con artists sent messages to his family and friends claiming to be him.
In a trick customarily employed by these fraudsters they, having gained access to his number, sent out messages to Chabalala’s immediate family and friends claiming that he was in trouble with the cops and needed money urgently.
If attempts are made to call the trickster who is pretending to be Chabalala at the time he sends a message back insisting that he cannot answer the phone as he is in police cells and so can only communicate by SMS.
“They always insist on SMS or whatsapp because they know if they talk to you then your family or friends will realise that it is not you. They did it to my family and friends and we lost money. I am no longer using that number anymore. A lot more people need to be aware of this so that they don’t fall victim,” says Chabalala who joined Pirates from Free State Stars at the beginning of the season.
Plenty footballers have fallen victim to this scam over the last few years amongst them George Maluleka, Lucky Lekgwathi and Lehohang Mokoena.