I got the RICA sms scam. Heck I could really do with the R250000 they said I won. Anyway, just to give the details, the sms came from number 0817701675 and I was supposed to get ripped off if I call number 0832460025. Why cant the cell phone companies track these numbers and then catch these bastards. Is there anything we can do to rid the world of the people who send these sms scams????????

Report ID: 2640
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb: N/A
Address: SMS Scam
Crime Date/Time: 18 Oct 2012, 00:10 AM
Reported By: Username2640
Reported Date: 18 Oct 2012, 08:10 AM
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  • annette12 23 May 2014, 07:31 AM

    Same happened to me received sms from 0767677118 with a claim number should phone 0616855104 I did so from a different cellphone line.The o76 number was not available and the 061 number put the phone down when I told him its not my cell from where I'm phoning.

  • Wouts 5 Mar 2014, 09:55 AM

    The same here guys Cellphone 0606170463

  • Shanlee 10 Apr 2013, 09:45 AM

    Same thing happened to me this morning. A guy named morgan answered the phone like he was half asleep and hardly knew what i was talking about. So I asked for a website address and he gave me an email address, africa@yahoo.com.... Does he think we are stupid that is a personal address has nothing to do with rica. So many questions about where I live, and the asking my cellphone number and I said no I will give you the reference number you should be able to pick everything up on there from my address to my cell phone number. He suddenly realised he was not winning and said he would call me back.

  • Ryan13 5 Apr 2013, 10:23 AM

    Hello i just received an sms letting me know that i won R195 000. I must send my ref no and address so that they will post my cheques. i must also buy R50 phone voucher so that they can activate my pin or something. i asked them for a landline, they could not give me. the telephone number the sms came from is 0741688053 and the sms line that i must sent information is 081 0875485. I pray the fire and judgement of God upon these scamsters. The crime squad needs to set a trap,

  • D Henning 18 Mar 2013, 09:36 AM

    Recvd sms totday. Thank you for staying with RICA Your cell number has won R780 000.00 Sponsored by AFRICA NATIONS CUP. Ref No231SA. Email ricaclaimsatgmail.com. Call 0717013130. This was sent from cell no 0741376632. Please can someone get these idiots.

  • Nomthandazo Dladla 13 Mar 2013, 11:03 AM

    Haha wow, I need that chedda. I also got an sms this morning. I asked the lady to verify that its not a scam, obviously being a professional scammer she said No. Something must be done about these people, cops don't do anything. These people need Mob justice. Its a pity our knowledge of the internet is limited.

  • Boniswa 4 Mar 2013, 11:12 AM

    I received the same sms last and I called the number and he asked me to recharge with R250 and I jus hung up stupid jerk

  • Wayne13 27 Feb 2013, 09:41 AM

    How do these people get away with this and when I confronted them that it is a scam, he said to me that they will never do such a thing....what is happening to the world and the people in it.

  • thumeka 20 Feb 2013, 06:31 PM

    I also received this sms and they phone me today saying I must go and open an account at FNB they will deposit my prize friday.Is this real or a scam

  • jones 2 15 Feb 2013, 09:02 AM

    guys pls be carefull of this rica scam ,the guy calls himself william and his number is 0710816762.he said i won R450 000 on the sms but when i ask his address ,he said i am asking him a stupid question

  • Lindy12 13 Feb 2013, 07:57 AM

    Just got the same sms my phone has been selected by Rica to win a R250 000.00 price now like anybody else I could do with this money but know about the scams so phoned the 0218270508 number and spoke to mr. Desmond and told him I know this is a scam. He got quite arrogant and told me then why do you phone this number if you know its a scam so I told him "just to tell you that you are an arsehole" hahahaha and put the phone down on him. May that be a lesson to him.

  • Noel6 30 Jan 2013, 02:23 PM

    I received sms from Rica won R35000. contact nr 0110753915 sent from 0791469539. You must buy airtime R110.00 call them with pin and serial nr give banking details and your prize will be paid in - Do not fall for this.

  • dennis10 23 Jan 2013, 03:44 PM

    I to got an sms saying I've won R250000 with rica and had to sms my name,address and reference noi recived - I played along knowing its a scam then I got another sms saying I must pay 5% for insurance and transfer.a nigerian man called me and I had to call him back ,I agreed and they send me a bank account number - this must stop and its making a mokery of our country

  • Sanel 13 Dec 2012, 02:59 PM

    Dear everyone. I work for a company called RICA - we sell cosmetics. We get about 20 calls a day from people wanting to claim their prizes and asking if it's a scam. How can anyone possibly think they've won a competition they have not entered for!? Of course it's a scam! Also, Cell C have been giving our number to all of these people! The rest just google RICA and don't even bother to see we're a cosmetics company!! Frustrating to explain the same thing over and over to naive people who just doesn't get it!

  • emma3 12 Dec 2012, 09:47 AM

    I received a sms this morning I won R250000 RICA competition from cell no 27709073139. PLEASE let me know if its a scam or not . i must contact Magriet van der merwe All in afrikaans

  • confidence 9 Dec 2012, 10:13 PM

    Hi!!! I got an sms on my cell c number that I won R250 000 on rica competition but I must call them on the following number 0722036187 n it hv a ref so I just wany to know is it for real or a scam phela this would be an early christmas for me. Please respond quickly so I can claim my prize or I can delete sms right away

  • Kailash 5 Nov 2012, 04:36 PM

    I received a message this morning that said that I won R250,000 in a RICA competition. surely these fraudsters can be found. message came from the following number: 0761502231 and the message sai I should contact Magriet van der Merwe on 0823437931

  • Vincent2 24 Oct 2012, 11:57 AM

    I just received one of these sms's. Actually googled "rica scam sms" out of suspicion and arrived here. Sigh, I don't want to sound smug...

  • justin 5 24 Oct 2012, 11:38 AM

    I too was sent a message this morning saying I've won R120000 but was told to phone there office on land lines spoke to management these guys or jackd or is there rica prizes to won. Does rica read these colums and advise. I know at some stage it was advertised that there were prizes to be 1

  • Raymond Weitz 22 Oct 2012, 09:46 AM

    I was sent an SMS telling me that I won R350 000 on a live "the rica" draw. I had to contact a Mercy Johnson on 078 752 2670. Later another SMS that says a courier fee of R950 has to be paid to release the cheque. Very suspicious My contact # 084 558 1025

  • willem32 21 Oct 2012, 08:05 AM

    i dont want my lost money back i want payback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anne-Marie5 18 Oct 2012, 03:33 PM

    Very same story happen to me... what can be done to stop this people?

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