SARB warns shoppers against using this payment method

South Africans who’re planning a well-earned splurge on Black Friday have been suggested to take additional precautions when buying on-line. The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) – and several other of its monetary companions – have warned against the usage of on the spot EFT (digital funds switch) funds going ahead, branding it a ‘dangerous transaction method’.

Black Friday: How does an EFT work?

Though comparatively fashionable in South Africa, EFT funds are facilitated by third events. If you’re unfamiliar with this method, then it’s maybe greatest to not study any extra about it. But for the initiated, e-commerce operators have entry to your display knowledge, which comprises delicate banking and private data.

Despite the pandemic, bargain-hunters are anticipated to maximise their window of alternative on Black Friday. The annual occasion sees retailers slash the costs of fashionable gadgets for a restricted time, sparking a consumerist frenzy. Most years, we see individuals speeding into shops the minute they open – however social distancing legal guidelines and gathering restrictions will now restrict this.

SARB warning for shoppers on Black Friday

For those that want to buy on-line, SARB could not be any clearer: They don’t help the usage of on the spot EFT funds:

“Consumers must be aware of the risks associated with the use of instant electronic funds transfer (EFT) online payment services Instant EFT payments use a method called ‘screen scraping’, which makes it possible for third parties to access bank account data and automate actions on behalf of a consumer using their online banking access credentials.”

“Access to the consumer’s screen data is then used to facilitate payments. The SARB, the FSCA, and the payments industry do not support the use of screen scraping to effect payments, given that it exposes consumers to several risks.”

SARB assertion

What are the dangers concerned in using Instant EFT funds?

SARB clarify that there are 4 main points which make EFT transactions fairly problematic:

  • Data Privacy: The method of display scraping to impact funds places your credentials susceptible to being compromised.
  • Fraud Risk: Rogue entities could pose as third events providing on the spot EFT providers on pretend e-commerce websites.
  • Risk of Financial Loss: EFT funds are remaining, and shoppers are unable to lodge disputes to reverse transactions.
  • Breaching Bank Terms: By offering their Internet banking login credentials to a 3rd social gathering, shoppers that use on the spot EFT merchandise may be in breach of their banks’ phrases and situations.


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