In August 2019 at the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators conference, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya said that The Hawks were tackling 2 158 fraud dockets involving more than R182 billion from the previous financial year.

“At least 3 558 accused persons with 15 077 counts of fraud were convicted. During the same period, the greater SA Police Service received 73 861 cases of fraud. 36 847 accused persons were arrested and 11 150 were convicted,” he said.

The fraud cases ranged from government tender fraud involving millions of rands, online scams, tax fraud, forgery, fake marriages, citizenship and identity fraud, and the illegal hunting of endangered species.

Unfortunately at iFacts we have sadly been the victim of fraud and forgery when a previous client took our reports and invoice and recreated her own reports and invoices and tried to sell them on to her own client. Fortunately our robust and secure online system was able to prevent this and alert us to the situation and we prevented her client from incurring any damage or loss.

If you would like to verify any iFacts reports go to and enter the enquiry number of the report. You will be advised if the report exists, on what date the enquiry had been completed and how many candidates it contained. You will also be able enter the ID number and it will advise you if this ID number has been checked on the system. To comply with the necessary legislation it will not provide any details of the candidate.

Again it highlights the need to ensure you do not believe everything that you read.

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