Za: Hijacked IDs are fuelling spending sprees

Identity theft has increased phenomenally in South Africa, reaching such a level that a major retailer is thinking about installing photo-recognition or fingerprint scanners in its stores.

Johan Kok, chief operating officer of JD Group, said identity theft had become much more sophisticated in the past five years. Their group is part of the South African fraud-prevention service, and they see between five and six million cases of fraud a month.

JD Group has Bradlows, Hi-Fi Corporation, Incredible Connection, Joshua Doore, Morkels and Russells among its stable.


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