VAAL TRIANGLE - The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has warned people about scams as the holiday season approaches. Sabric said criminals know many people will be relaxing over this period and often use it to their advantage. Sabric acting CEO, Susan Potgieter, said Sabric encourages people to empower themselves by sharing information selectively, and on a need-to-know basis only. This is why they are adding the hashtag label #NotSaying to all their messaging, to remind people to not just share any personal information without careful consideration when prompted to do so. Consumers are warned against fake bank calls; holiday accommodation scams and people who pretend to offer assistance at ATM’s. Sabric also urged people not to write down PINs and passwords and avoid obvious choices like birth dates and first names to protect their personal information. Banking clients should also avoid using internet cafes or unsecured terminals (hotels, conference centres etc.) to do any transactions.