Current Cell C Scams and Hoaxes

Prize scam Customers are currently being contacted and advised that they have won a prize valued between R25,000 - R50,000. They are then advised to go through to our offices at Erand Gardens in Midrand and to collect their prize money from a "Mr.Smith". Cell C have no knowledge of such a competition and warn subscribers not to give out any personal information to such callers. Nokia Hoax sms and email scam There have been a ton of reports recently that scam artists are once more sending out hoax SMS and emails, purportedly from Nokia, that offer some sort of money if one were to respond, faux lottery style. Nokia have advised to be aware of these scams. A current example in circulation is as follows: "CONGRATULATIONS YOUR MOBILE NO WON R95000 IN NOKIA YEARLY PROMO WIN TICKET NO 0166 FOR CLAIMS CALL 0783951888" "Nokia Is Giving Away Phones For "FREE"!! Nokia is trying word-of-mouth advertising to Introduce its products. And the reward you receive for advertising for them is a phone free of cost! To receive your free phone all you need to do is send this email out to 8 people (for a free Nokia 6210) or to 20 people (for a free Nokia WAP). Within 2 weeks you will receive a free phone. (They contact you via your email address). You must send a copy to . This email includes a staff member at Cell C, namely a Bianca King and Cell C would like to confirm that this is not a legitimate email." Phishing Attempts via email and sms Please be aware of the following scam sms being sent from perpetrators trying to obtain your banking OTP passwords: "Dear (client name), we require you to send the first and second OTP numbers you received on your phone via sms to 0767216365. This is required by the South African Police to verify your bank account that is attached to your mobile phone number. You will be prosecuted if you don't send it immediately. Send the 2 OTP numbers to 0767216365". This message will be received after responding to an e-mail that appears to be from the relevant bank. Do not access any links received via e-mail regarding your internet banking. Enter the link you usually use, manually to ensure that you avoid all phishing attempts. Fake FIFA 2010 winnings sms Subscribers should be aware of receiving an sms stating the following:
This is to confirm that your cell number has won $2.8 million for FIFA 2010 International Award. Ref: SA2010F22, to claim contact Mrs. Howard via:". This has been confirmed as a scam and should be ignored.

Report ID: 208
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Nationwide
City/Town: Nationwide
Suburb: All over SA
Address: All over South Africa
Crime Date/Time: 5 Mar 2010, 00:03 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 5 Mar 2010, 14:03 PM
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  • Danie11 2 Apr 2014, 02:13 PM

    My wife received a sms stating she won a amount of R175,000 in 2014 RICA MOBILE PROMOTIONS with a reference number.To claim the money she must phone Mrs Zandile Khoza on 0739048405. She phoned on the number on the landline confirming that she was talking to Zandile Khoza. She insisted on the reference number but my wife told her that it is a scam and that she is going to report it to the police. She then put the phone down while my wife was speaking to her. This is how people is getting robbed of hard earned money and I want to know how thugs like this get hold of our PRIVATE cell numbers. What is the use of registering at rica if these people can get personal information from it? PLEASE can Cell C prevent this and bring these thugs to book!!

  • Hein4 13 Mar 2014, 01:48 PM

    Could Cell-C start a scam reporting site, similar to the one that Vodacom has on Facebook? I find that in all the scam SMS's that I have received thus far, two networks are used. I reported the latest one from a Vodacom subscriber, which instructs the would-be victim to contact Mr. William on 0747839844. Could you please block this scamster? In fact, I think that SMS scamsters should be blacklisted across the board by all Cellular providers.

  • a naidoo 15 Nov 2012, 04:11 PM

    Congratulation!!You are one of the Lucky winners of R1Million in the FIFA 1GOAL award held in the UK.REF NO:0407SA Call Paul Charles on:0747509103 for claims. Received at 1500hrs on 15/11/12

  • Andre Truter 20 Jul 2012, 02:11 PM

    A sim swap was done on my contct number at cell C, without any paperwork. This resulted in a fraud situation in which my bank account was emptied. So far, no answers from Cell C. Opened a case at SAPS, Cell C, but still no response

  • Robyn8 5 Apr 2012, 09:22 AM

    Received same message : Congratulations! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R635,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref no. Ly12 For ur claim call MR. JONATHAN on: 0747313105

  • chanel 3 30 Mar 2012, 11:38 AM

    Got this messages this morning Congratulations! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R635,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref no. Ly12 For ur claim call MR. JONATHAN on: 0747313105

  • Sandra24 30 Mar 2012, 09:35 AM

    I received this SMS this morning: Congratulations! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R635,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref no. Ly12 For ur claim call MR. JONATHAN on: 0747313105 I have a new phone and haven't yet given the number to anyone!! My account is with 8ta

  • Angie15 28 Mar 2012, 08:31 AM

    Congratulations? Your mobile number has won the sum of R635,000 in LYCA Network Promo. Ref no. J14 for yr claim call Jonathana on 0747313105 8am/4pm

  • sue22 23 Mar 2012, 03:34 PM

    Congratulations! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R635,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref no. C12 For ur claim call MR. JONATHAN on: 0747313105 8am\4pm

  • J 5 Jan 2012, 10:04 AM

    Recieved an sms at 3am saying I had won 1mil through Fifa 1goal award and to contact a Mr Perry Moore on an 084 number. Is this a scam going around and if so is Cell c employees involved? As this is from a Cell C number and how do they get our numbers?

  • jean de witt 6 Dec 2011, 12:02 PM

    I received this sms this morning Congratulations! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R635,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref no. C16 For ur claim call MR. JONATHAN on: 0747313105 8am\4pm. I phoned the nr on witch they told me that I must send my bank detail or work adress from my nr and they will send me the tjek!!

  • mandy24 5 Dec 2011, 01:04 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR PHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN AWARDED R250,000 IN T-MOBILE PROMOTION.REF NO:U2011K.CONTACT EDWARD BROOKS ON 0781457794 FROM 9AM-4PM FOR PAYOUT. Fax the following information to: 0865144713 Name Surname Cell number and ref Address Province Country email or we can do an easy interbank transfer. Please beware of current scam.

  • Sean15 28 Nov 2011, 09:56 AM

    Congratulaions! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R500,000.00. In LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref No: T10. For Claim call MR ERIC SIMEON on +27794203446. When i called he said the money will be deposited in the next two hours into my bank account. After i had purchased 2x R200.00 Telkom Prepaid vouchers and smsed him the serial number and my bank account details.

  • sthembiso 3 Nov 2011, 03:04 PM

    my mom also got a phone call saying she has won 100,000 and these people told her that they will call so that she can give them the postal address so that they can send her the package. these people must be found and be locked up because the are not only taking peoples money but give people high hopes of nothing.

  • cindy16 18 Oct 2011, 01:32 PM

    l recieved an sms sayin ma mobile has won the sum of R180,000 in lyca network promo .ref no ly10 for ma claim l must call mr morgan on 0793004251 8am/4pm.lm wondering why such people are not found to be put in jail cos they dnt deserve to be left fooling and takin other peoples money!!no no no no!!!

  • Linette Lintvelt 13 Oct 2011, 04:58 PM

    A Mr Brian Owen sent me an sms today from this mobile number 082 539 8065. It reads "Congratulations your mobile number has won you R340 000,00 on FIFA award promotion with Ref No: FX82. Call Office 0789021139 for your cash price Mr. Brian Owen. 0789021139 is a MTN number - which I now have reported. How do one stop this? I trust you will find it relevant as Mr Brian Owen and his type needs to be exposed and stopped. FIFA won't be impressed either.

  • Edmund2 6 Oct 2011, 07:57 AM

    I received an sms at 03:00h, am, this morning, 6th October 2011, from a cell number,0723162856, that I must phone Mrs Modisa at Lyca Network Promotion, my ref number 41157,to claim my prize of R250,000 and the number I must call is 0791543276.

  • Pina Myburgh 5 Oct 2011, 09:13 AM

    My sister Pina received an SMS on Tuesday 4 October 2011 stating the following: Congratulation's your mobile number have won R195,000 from NOKIA yearly PROMOTION. YOUR pin no 01kz PLEASE CONTACT this no 0782147950 FOR YOUR CLAIMS

  • Unknown 27 Sep 2011, 06:40 AM

    Congratulation! Your mobile number has WON the sum of R 500,000. In LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref No: T10. For claim call MR ERIC SIMEON On +27845908903 .8Am/6Pm. Received an sms this morning

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  • shalene 23 Sep 2011, 09:25 AM

    i received an sms that i won R 600000 from lyca network contact a Mr Morgan at 0842656476.When i asked why are they giving away so much of money.he said its a promotion.I asked for a land line no, said he is a promotional officer only.Sounded nervous and stammering, like a nigerian.Said hes from cape town.How can we get the police involved to trace these people

  • kunal 22 Sep 2011, 10:13 AM

    Why don't police track them down n take action again those basterds ,they fuckn lazzy to work I wish I cud do somthing to fix them.

  • Unknown 17 Sep 2011, 10:34 PM

    Lyca network promo is a scam My friend received an sms stating that she has won RR500,000. When she called Eric simeon she was told to send telkom prepaid vouchers, she sent him 9 vouchers worth R900, but did not receive any money

  • Cynthia9 2 Sep 2011, 10:57 AM

    received an sms saying "Congratulations!Your mobile number has won the sum of R180,000 In LYCA NETWORK PROMO.Ref No 0155P For ur claim call Mr Morgan on 0793004251 8am/4pm" Watch out for this scam.

  • caron 5 1 Sep 2011, 09:26 AM

    I received a sms at 3.09am this morning that my mobile number has won R500.000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO Re no.T10 to claim call Eric Simeon on +27845908903.8am.6pm

  • REGAN 31 Aug 2011, 03:26 PM

    I received an sms very early this morning stating that my cell no. has won R195 000.00 from Blackberry. After contacting a Mr. James, a Mr.Frank Duke and a Margret Fisher (0784350557) they instructed me to first deposit R2500.00 as insurance into a Mr. LD Mombaso's FNB bank account. These people have to be stopped and brought to book as they are scamming innocent poor people.

  • Mzekelo 31 Aug 2011, 08:46 AM

    Received an sms early this morning saying I have won R250 000. Wow I nearly fell off my bed.

  • Willy2 31 Aug 2011, 06:29 AM

    "Congradulations! your mobile number has won the sum of R180,000 in LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref No. C11 for ur claim call Mr. Morgan on 0793004251 8am/4pm" NB : SURELY THIS IS A SCAM BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER ENTERED/PLAYED A COMPETITION.I RECEIVED THE AFOREMENTIONED SMS THIS MORNING (06H34 - 31 AUGUST 2011)

  • nalia 17 Aug 2011, 07:54 AM

    got an sms: won R1 mil in fifa 1 goal award. I don't even watch football & didn't enter any comps... where do these people get the numbers?

  • naadia2 2 Aug 2011, 10:59 AM

    I also received an sms from a mr morgan telling me I have won 180 000 grand! Lol I knew its a scam but still phoned coz I wanted him to admit. I was very strate forward with him, before he could ask anything I told him ima track him down. He said I should call him back in one hour which I didn't off coz...sounds like somebody from nigeria tho! Hectic!

  • Adele14 5 Jul 2011, 07:50 AM

    I received an sms on the 04.07.2011 from 0725 312067 that I have won R 250 000.00, and to contact Mrs S Modise on 0725957821 between 8 & 5 pm. She advised that i need to first buy R110 vodacom airtime but dont load it on my phone, and to call her back once i have the airtime voucher with me. These people are totall crazy. what has airtime got to do with it when you have aleardy been told you have one a prize. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!

  • Kobus28 27 Jun 2011, 06:17 PM

    I received an sms that I have won R120.000 call Eric Simeon on 078 7574364 from Lyca Network Promo,what a joke !!!

  • S Harris 17 Jun 2011, 08:02 AM

    My son received sms saying he had subscribed to some obscure UK based service. Immediately after this he received a slew of sms' and all his airtime was taken (he had just had his top-up). He had not done so at any time and now lost his airtime for the month. Is there no protection against this thing. This is the second time this has happened in my household as it happened to my husband as well and we were just told by Cell C there is nothing they can do. surely if you have a contract, you must be protected from pirates like these?

  • Johan111 15 Jun 2011, 08:38 PM

    Also got : Received sms that say i have won R120.000 4rm lyca network prom.ref no:T10,to claim prize call Mr Eric Simeone on 0796058300,8am-6pm.14 June 2011

  • Boitumelo11 9 Jun 2011, 07:24 AM

    Received sms that say i have won R120.000 4rm lyca network prom.ref no:T10,to claim prize call Mr Eric Simeone on 0796058300,8am-6pm.9 June 2011

  • MARK19 27 May 2011, 10:10 AM

    Received sms to say that i have won R180 000 In lyka network promo ref no.SA55P to claim call Mr Morgan on 0793004251 Date: 26 May 2011

  • Maria13 24 May 2011, 01:15 PM

    One of my employees received an sms informing her she had won R1000000 through Fifa 1goal Award. She contacted the person and sent through her ID number and full name. I know this is a scam and now we are worried that the fraudsters will use her ID number. Do you know the result of this scam and/or what we can do about this?

  • Clive Bailey 19 May 2011, 03:06 PM

    My son received a sms stating he won R185 000.00 and a BlackBerry celphone. To claim prize have reference no available ZAR012 .Cell no to call 083 422 7828 . After a number of attempts, I finally got through . It sounded like an ordinary guy very blunt and to the point. Saying that I must call from the winning phone.

  • Sean6 11 May 2011, 01:19 AM

    Ive receivd an sms @ 00:00 statin iv won R120000 4rm lyca network .....

  • Silvia 21 Apr 2011, 12:16 AM

    I received the following sms to my HSPA mobile broadband USB internet stick Name Number 27711382905 Content Congratulation Ur mobile number has won the sum of R120,000 In LYCA NETWORK PROMO. Ref No.C11 call Mr. WILLIAMS on 0827272052 to activate ur Ref No. 8am 4pm Time: 21 04 2011 00:08:38

  • Charlene Petersen 22 Feb 2011, 07:55 AM

    Receive sms 0843398675 WON A PRICE

  • Karuna Sewnath 24 Jan 2011, 02:44 PM

    I received an sms stating that I had won R98,000, Blackbery cell phone. In Black berrry promo. Ref PDF75M. For claims call Lisa on 0739218820 from 9am to 5pm.

  • Kim18 6 Jan 2011, 09:44 AM

    I received an sms stating that I had won R185,000 and a Blackberry phone in the BLACKBERRY NEW YEAR PROMO. Ref No B211. For Claims call 078 139 5440. I called the gentleman, who said that I need to call him back from the winning cellphone number so that they can verify the win.

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