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A SOUTH African Air Force VIP protection training officer could not believe his luck when he received an SMS informing him that he had won R95000.
"My heart skipped a beat. But then I asked myself why, when I had entered for no competitions," says Ethry Kgoale, 34, of Lyttleton in Pretoria.
He owns a Nokia cellphone and the SMS told him he had won the money in a "Nokia yearly promotion random draw".
The SMS read: "Congratulations!! Your no. was among the lucky winners on the NOKIA YEARLY PROMOTION. You won R95000. Ticket no 0166P Call Mr Tom Jerry on 078-5401-456 for your cash prize."
Out of curiosity Kgoale called "Tom Jerry".
"But I smelt a rat when a man with a Nigerian accent answered and asked me to give him my identity number and banking details.
"I was even more suspicious when he could not give me a landline number, though he claimed to be based at the Nokia SA offices in Cape Town. I was also puzzled because I received the SMS at 2am."
"Tom Jerry" then promised to call him back. Kgoale rushed to the nearest public phone to call Nokia South Africa.
"Nokia confirmed my suspicion and said they knew nothing about the random draw. I immediately went to the local police station and reported the matter," he said.
Kgoale sent "Tom Jerry" a false ID number and bank account number.
"He told me to buy three R180 MTN airtime vouchers and send him the voucher PIN numbers so that he could transfer my prize money into my account," Kgoale said.
Nokia spokesperson Tania Steenkamp said they were aware of the scam and advised people not to respond to the SMS.
"We are not running any SMS competition and, if we do, people would know about it through the mainstream media."
Police spokesperson Evelyn Hardaker confirmed that the matter was reported to the Lyttelton police station.