Lottery board warns of Tata Ma-chance scam

The man accused by the National Lottery Board (NLB) of defrauding nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) denied the allegations yesterday.

The man accused by the National Lottery Board (NLB) of defrauding nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) denied the allegations yesterday.

"How can I do that when I also run a charity organisation and need the money myself?" Greg Jacobs said.

Jacobs said he knew nothing about the scam the NLB was warning against. He, however, refused to divulge the name of his NGO and its function.

The NLB issued a statement yesterday warning NGOs that a certain Greg Jacobs was behind a Christmas scam.

Spokesman Sershan Naidoo said Jacobs was contacting NGOs across the country informing them that the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund has awarded them a Christmas gift of R50000.

"In order for the NGO to receive the gift, the NGOs' bank details are to be provided," Naidoo said.

"The next day Greg Jacobs calls the NGO to say that he erroneously transferred R64200 and asks for the amount paid in excess to be returned."

Naidoo said on investigation, the NGO would find that R64200 has been paid into their account.

"It has been established that stolen cheques are being used to 'deposit' the funds. However, since there are no funds to honour the cheque, the unsuspecting NGO would be defrauded by paying back the surplus."

Naidoo said the Lottery Act and related regulations did not allow "gifts" to be made to beneficiaries and all banking details are provided on the application form and the NLB does not usually ask for them again. - Sapa

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