KZN advocates became targets of cybercrime at the weekend with as many as 17 reporting that they had fallen victim to versions of SIM swap and phishing scams. Business Day says most were MTN clients and said they were at a loss as to how criminals obtained personal information, especially since the fraudsters appeared to know that they were advocates.

In a circular to members, Society of Advocates secretary Kate Peniston said several cases of phishing – where the target was contacted by a fraudster posing as a legitimate institution to obtain their personal data – had been reported.

In a second circular, Peniston advised that at least six junior members of the Bar had reported that their cellphones had also been compromised at the weekend. Society of Advocates chair Griffiths Madonsela told Business Day: ‘Whether these events amount to “targeting” advocates in the main – or is prevalent across all members of our society – is, to me, uncertain.’

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