Criminal Law / Crime

25
Jun

Home Buyer loses R5.5m in Phishing Scam – Don’t Make the Same Mistake!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Criminal Law - Property Phishing Scam Home Buyer loses R5.5m in Phishing Scam – Don’t Make the Same Mistake! “[The buyer] must in the circumstances take responsibility for her failure to protect herself against a known risk” (extract from judgment below) Cybercriminals absolutely love targeting property transactions because they provide the perfect mix
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25
Jun

The New Cannabis Act: Here’s What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Criminal Law - Cannabis Act The New Cannabis Act - What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do “It’s high time they legalised cannabis” (Anon) Much excitement has greeted the signing into law of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act, which will formally regulate the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis by
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29
Jan

You Can (and Should) Both Discipline and Prosecute Thieving Employees

“It’s the profile of the most trusted individual, in a position of trust, like an accountant or bookkeeper. They usually never take leave, and someone who never allows anyone access to their system would go to the length of taking their laptops with them while they are on holiday so that they can continue working. They are usually caught in

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27
Jan

Check All Emailed Bank Details for BEC (“Business Email Compromise”) Frauds

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Criminal Law Lawyers Check All Emailed Bank Details for BEC (“Business Email Compromise”) Frauds “…sending bank details by email is inherently dangerous, and so must either be avoided in favour of, for example, a secure portal or it must be accompanied by other precautionary measures like telephonic confirmation or appropriate warnings which are
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3
Jan

“Double Jeopardy” for Tax Evasion – Penalties plus Prosecution

“Administrative penalties and criminal proceedings do not serve the same purpose. The [one] is aimed at strengthening internal controls of the administrative authority and to promote compliance while the other is aimed at correcting a behaviour that caused harm to the society.” (Extract from judgment below) SARS has announced major crackdowns on tax defaulters, and a recent High Court decision

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26
Jan

Using the New Cybercrimes Act to Protect Yourself

“…cybercrime has increased by over 300% during the COVID-19 pandemic – making it one of the biggest threats to businesses around the globe.” (Property 24 report) The Cybercrimes Act, which has been years in the making, is now (with effect from 1 December 2021) at last largely in force. Although some provisions still remain on hold (most notably some of

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27
Jan

Arrest and a Criminal Record for Not Wearing a Mask?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News - Criminal Law Arrest and a Criminal Record for Not Wearing a Mask? “7,000 people have already been arrested for not wearing masks and most of them now have criminal records” (Police Minister Bheki Cele in mid-January) We all know that wearing a face mask is the right and the safe thing to do,
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28
Jul

Lockdown “Admission of Guilt” Fines – The Criminal Record Risk

Breaking any of our lockdown laws can be an expensive business, risking heavy penalties.  If you are accused of a contravention and offered the option of paying an “admission of guilt” fine to avoid a court appearance, beware! It may seem like the easy way out to pay up and put the whole thing behind you but it could land

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29
Oct

It Pays to Report Crime! First Offender’s 20 Years in Prison Confirmed for R4.9m Fraud

“The scourge of white collar crime, especially fraud, is currently the order of the day in our country. Fraud is a cancer that is crippling our country from the core and takes away from the poorest of the poor” (extract from judgment below) It is tempting sometimes to think that the high levels of criminal activity plaguing us at every

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29
Jul

Beware of Property Cyber Scammers

“Forewarned is Forearmed!” (Wise old saying) Why yet another warning about cyber-scams in the property industry? It’s because the hard fact is that the criminals are winning this war. In fact we are now reportedly the “second most targeted country in the world with regard to cyber-attacks” (Law Society of South Africa). Hence, no doubt, the Legal Practitioners Indemnity Insurance

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