Audiovisual company joins the fight against fraud

August 2002 News

ETA Audiovisual in conjunction with the South African Police Services are doing their part in the fight against crime. ETA has recently set up several sting operations to foil fraudsters' plans in attempting to steal goods from the company.

In one, a company claiming to have seen an advertisement on a product, placed an order for a projector. The 'client' did not require a demonstration, stating that they were already familiar with the item being purchased. Delivery was arranged at a specific address. Prior to delivery taking place, the ETA consultant was contacted and advised that due to limited parking in the area, the individual's assistant would collect the item in the parking lot. Both ETA and the police foiled the fraudsters' plans by being suspicious and, therefore, prepared. On handing over the box, a stolen cheque was offered as means of payment and the culprit was arrested.

Mike Hattingh, managing director of ETA Audiovisual, feels that companies should share details regarding corporate crime both attempted and successful. "Forewarned is forearmed," he emphasises.

ETA Audiovisual has started several business against crime initiatives, including a website,, to assist people in locating stolen equipment or to determine if the equipment they have been offered is stolen.

Hattingh said the Internet is being used as a powerful tracking tool, building a database of stolen goods. "This database will provide buyers and manufacturers with the ability to locate stolen equipment anywhere in the world, at anytime, by anyone, leading to early detection of stolen goods and enabling the police to map the trail of stolen products."

For more information: ETA Audiovisual, 011 624 3638,

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