Raffle scam uses Mandela
THE Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Human Rights Commission have distanced themselves from a 419 raffle scam purporting to come from the organisations, congratulating cellphone users of winning money from a raffle.
"We are appealing to people not to expose themselves to such tricksters," the foundation's spokesman Oupa Ngwenya said yesterday.
The organisation was alerted to the sham raffle draw by Cape Town-based Jan Dreyer after he received an SMS congratulating him for winning R500,000 from a raffle on June 5.
"Mr Jan Dreyer, congratulations.
Your cell number was chosen among millions of others by the South African Compensation Fund, Human Rights Commission and the Nelson Mandela Charity Organisation for 2012," reads the SMS.
The message further reads: "We are compensating South Africans for successfully hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup. You have won R500,000."
Dreyer was requested to contact Lucille Adams and Howard Davis to immediately claim his prize.
The following day, he received another SMS where he was requested to pay R2,899 for the delivery of the cheque, insurance and courier charges.
He was also asked to send his bank details and copy of identity book.
"Out of concern, I decided to call the foundation to find out if they were running such a competition and they told me they were not," said Dreyer.
Ngwenya said the foundation had already registered the matter with the police to assist all those who have been affected by this scam. He also advised Dreyer to lodge a fraud case with the police.
"All well-meaning South African citizens around this month are gearing themselves to demonstrate their voluntary spirits of giving to the less fortunate in honour of Nelson Mandela's birthday on July 18.
"The public should be aware that the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund or any of the Mandela organisations are not running a raffle on people's cellphone numbers to give them prize-winning cash," said Ngwenya.
HRC spokesman Khumbulani Mpofu said his organisation was not aware of such a competition.
"Any SMS that says you have won a competition but requires you to pay money in order to claim the prize should be deleted," said Mpofu.