One area in South Africa that is unfortunately showing unprecedented growth is consumer fraud, which rose to a shocking 844,000 reported cases in 2020-2021, up from 493,000 the previous year. And many of the scams that take place are related to identity theft. In some cases, people’s identity documents are stolen or lost, and fraudsters are quick to manipulate them by altering their photos and then submitting fake documents to credit providers. However, worryingly, many victims of ID theft say they still have their documents with them and that, apart from their official Home Affairs document, the copied…

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