Zolisa falls victim to SMS scam
A NEW money-making scam has been doing the rounds. Taking part in it for less than R100, fans believe they are buying into Generations actor Zolisa Xaluva's SMS venture to make a quick buck.
Xaluva, better known for his role as advertising executive Jason Malinga in Generations, said yesterday he was aware of the scam.
Xaluva, who joined the Generations cast in 2005, also played the role of HHP's manager in the e.tv soapie Rhythm City. In 2008 he played the role of Khutso in the SABC1 mini-series uGugu no Andile.
The scam - which is advertised on a Facebook page under Xaluva's name with more than 17,600 likes - involves buying one of 20 "premium SMS agent pack" from a company called World Profit Net Pay Services at R99.95.
An Internet search for World Profit Net Pay Services yielded no results. Once activated after payment, R2 is generated for every SMS sent to the buyer's number. In an e-mail, the scamsters also say that Xaluva and the cellphone provider each get R2 per SMS received.
The e-mail also promises buyers R6,000 if they manage to get 1,000 people to SMS their numbers three times.
Once interested parties contact the Facebook page administrator, they are sent an e-mail with instructions, contact details and a website address.
But the website comes up saying the domain is inactive and "this site is currently not available".
When asked in an e-mail whether they were using Xaluva's name to dupe the public, the scamsters simply replied: "Have a Good Day My Friend".
Xaluva's manager Nothemba Mxo said Xaluva was not on any social network.
"This scam started a month ago and we are surprised that it is still continuing. It is not only Xaluva who is a victim of this scam. Other artists and politicians are also victims," she said.