RICA Promotion

I received an SMS stating that my cellphone number was randomly selected in their Rica promotion and I have won R250,000. I called 0799621281 and was asked for my ref. number - RCO7012ZA. After waiting for 3 mins for her to check, the lady said I have indeed won the money and I need to give her my bank details so that they can pay me the money. I didn't want to give my bank details " for a cash deposit", so she said they could send me a cheque (without bank details?). I was suspicious and asked for confirmation somehow. She told me to call a Mr. James at 021-8381855. He has a nice deep voice and a French accent. When I asked him some questions he told me I was being rude. I said " no I am just very cautious". Anyway, he said if I want my prize I must give my details to the lady. I called my husband and - what a coincidence - he too "has won R250,000!". Wow and with exactly the same reference number too!! When I called Mr. James to tell him that it was" our lucky day because this household has supposedly won R500,000 and on the same ref number!!! - he became quite annoyed and said "well if you don't want the money I can't help you" and put the phone down. Calling back the lady and pretending I was the owner of my husband's cell, she said yes you have won. When I said that it was a co-incidence and rather impossible, she said "no it could be possible". I told her that I was calling with my husband's cell number and she put down the phone!

Report ID: 2699
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: CAPE TOWN
Suburb: N/A
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 30 Oct 2012, 00:10 AM
Reported By: Username2699
Reported Date: 30 Oct 2012, 10:10 AM
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  • Username3517 27 Mar 2013, 01:01 PM

    Also received sms from 0849440684 Received sms stating I won a cash prize of R350 000.00 in RICA promotional draw and that I must call 0849440684 with ref number 00350. I called back and spoke to a man who confirmed I won a cash prize of R350 000 When I asked if it is a scam - he cut the call.

  • Username4983 27 Mar 2013, 12:19 PM

    just checked that the number that it came from is 0741371935

  • Username4983 27 Mar 2013, 12:18 PM

    We also received this SMS from this number 0849440684

  • David Nicoll 11 Mar 2013, 03:48 PM

    I was then called back and asked them for a website address to verify the competition was legitimate, they told me to look up www.ricapromotion.com, whish is how i found this site, did not come up with anything under that site name, they then told me to look up www.inforica.com, this then led me to what looks like a real legit website, they then called back and asked when i was going to deposit the money, i told them well, not today thats for sure, so we dont have to sign the cheque today the? and all this on a monday!

  • David Nicoll 11 Mar 2013, 03:28 PM

    Just got an SMS, you have won R295,000:00 in the RICA 2013 ALL NETWORKS promotion. they just need R1950:00 for insurance and to deliver the cheque, they deny that it is a scan and supplied a UK? phone number for the RICA head office, this was answered in an unproffesional manner, i then asked for a website and fortunately came across this site, a scam! the numbers they are operating on are 0743188338 and the "head office " number is 0044 703 1966243, ask for mrs botha.The other number they use is 0810673649, why dosent somebody do something about these scammers?

  • Piet van Rensburg 11 Feb 2013, 09:19 AM

    Be carefull this is a scam and there is no money in it!!!!

  • Susan4 31 Jan 2013, 10:43 AM

    I also received an sms, 30 Jan 2013 saying I have won R250 000.00. I forwarded my email address and they promised to sent their banking details so that I can "deposit" the amount of R1950. My ref RIC03KP. Also put my work address as delivery address. Told them I'm waiting for my winnings. Television crue from all possible channels ready to capture this "huge moment"! Lets see if the arseholes responds!

  • Matt5 13 Dec 2012, 09:56 PM

    I have just been asked if this is legit. Are criminals so brave here that they use "traceable"cell numbers?? Is this not what the real RICA is suppose to be protecting society against?

  • Karmen 12 Dec 2012, 09:43 AM

    My fiance also just received this SMS. He asked me to phone just incase. I told him it was a scam. So I phoned form work phone. In SMS it said to speak to Ms Irene. I ended up speaking to Frank. I gave him Ref nr. SA666. And he told me to phone back in 2 mins to claim prize. I didn't phone back now. Stupid people. Does he think people are stupid enough to give details.

  • Dikeledi2 11 Dec 2012, 09:00 AM

    Wow, i just received the same sms now stating that i have won R250 000.00 and i called the guy who asked me whether my cellphone is registered with RICA. How can he asks me that if he is working at RICA. Anyway, he took my reference number and said i should call him back after two minutes. I then decided to google RICA only found out that these are scams. So im not gonna waste my airtime and call this guy again.

  • louise8 8 Dec 2012, 01:00 PM

    So did I. I won R295000.00. Ref no (250NK)tel no 0128255476

  • Elsa 2 7 Dec 2012, 08:58 AM

    Got one today as well for 250.000,00. The call came from number 0817490817 and asked to call 0734459922 Indeed I don't understand the point of it...With so many scams going on, do they think that people would really provide their details without making questions? And bastards, texted me at freaken 6 in the morning, they could have at least the decency of doing it at proper hrs and not interrupt my sleep.

  • addy 5 Dec 2012, 02:39 PM

    just received an sms now and it says its from RICASA my cellphone number has been randomly selected and i won r950 000, called and spk to a lady, she claims to be Nelly Fisher, i asked where are their offices and she said Sea point CAPE Town , she asked for my banking details, and it just sounded wrong

  • alida2 4 Dec 2012, 09:28 AM

    I also resieved one! Concratulations! You have won the sum of R295,000.00 from rica promotion. Your ref no:000003 contact rica agent 0733529027 for your cash prize:

  • manisha 4 Dec 2012, 09:06 AM

    also received an sms a minute ago, to say i won R350 000, from 0719253231 - they gave me a ticket number CA09KP as ref. i googled the number , & picked up this site .....

  • Username2856 29 Nov 2012, 11:44 AM

    I received an email saying that I have won R250 000 in the RICA 2012 competition.Reference No RCA385C and phone Magriet van der Merwe @ 0723378029. Please follow up on this person.

  • wendy foster 29 Nov 2012, 10:14 AM

    is this rica promotion a scam and how do I get my money back

  • wendy foster 29 Nov 2012, 10:13 AM

    Is this Rica promotion a scam and if so how do I get my money back

  • wendy foster 29 Nov 2012, 10:12 AM

    is this rica promotion a scam & if so how do I get my money back

  • Rita3 24 Nov 2012, 06:23 PM

    also received....NK22 THE GUY SWEARED AT ME WHEN i asked him weather it's a scam

  • Bernice 21 Nov 2012, 05:57 PM

    I have received countless sms's stating my sim card has won me R450,000 in a UK competition, they require us to call a certain person! I have not contacted these people because I am too scared for scams that are happening everyday!

  • Meg2 19 Nov 2012, 11:36 AM

    I have received the same sms at 4am this morning - 'Congratulation!!! You won R150000 in Rica promotion, your ref number is (0166R). For claim call 011 0517090 or 0786544995' from the following number 27812358429. The pathetic spelling alone gave the game away!

  • Ayanda4 19 Nov 2012, 10:58 AM

    i iso rsv the same a sms, i spoke to a lady called Mirandra Buthelezi. she told me that i must buy a R 29 airtime. after i recharge, i must send back the rerial no together with my residential addrs to her. i aske her to give me the land line no. 021 802 6421. i tested the no it was ringing nobody pic up. Good ppl , please be were of scam. thanks

  • Jacques14 19 Nov 2012, 08:27 AM

    I got the same sms stating i have won R250 000 but before i even thought about calling or even thought about getting happy about the fact. I googled it and found out it was a scam. My problem is how did they get our numbers this is the shocking part.

  • SLP 19 Nov 2012, 08:15 AM

    I've received SMS: "Congratulations!Your mobile no. has won R195 000 and a laptop in RICA Yearly promotion Your Ref no. (RL41) Call Nelson on 0762293390.For claim. I've checked your side and did not phone. Sharing does help. Thank you.

  • Org 16 Nov 2012, 02:00 PM

    You won R350000. In RICA PROMOTION ref no 167ra Call 0835042284 to claim.Agent Simon Mkhwanazi 0218369165 sel 0832490207 Rica finacial Department 0820709659 MR Edward. You need to make a payment Nelson Mandela Charity Foundation R5778.00 and R9223.50 for your winning certificate delivery to your address with the reflection of your prices bank account Use Accout no 1321008048 SM Gebanga Capitec bank Fax 0866596004 to copy of payment

  • Buyisiwe 16 Nov 2012, 11:57 AM

    "You won R195000. in Rica Promo Pin NK22 Call Rose 0812553478 to claim" This is ridiculous hey! Just got this SMS like now! The question I'm now asking myself why wouldn't Rica advertise any promos they r having? I have a good mind of arranging a meeting with this lady ofcos I will take the cops with me!

  • butha 14 Nov 2012, 02:03 AM

    whooo thanks guys, i just received sms like the ones you talk about...i won't bother to call them at all.

  • Angel3 12 Nov 2012, 02:17 PM

    oh thank god for google,i also receive the same sms stating that my cell number has won 250 000 and i should call 079 114 3664 to clai my prize, when i called i spoke to a lady introducing herself as prudence dladla. she told me to give her my ref no wich is nk774 nd said indeed u won.she said i must buy R180 mtn airtime for the activation of the prize and courier fees. i was so xcited to have 'WON' such an amount of money i went and bought the airtime. she told me to give her the voucher number and serial number then they will tell me when am i getting my cheque!shortly after that i got sms from the same number saying i should pay 1950 transfer charges to get my money thats when i was aleted. in the sms i was told to contact mrs botha on 072 649 4605 for payment instructions. icalled mrs botha who happened to be a zulu speaking lady. i asked her about this transfer charges and she said the message is clear you pay the charges and get your prize, i asked her how? and she send me acc no:9252423924, BR Motaung!after few mimutes she called to confirm if i got the banking detail! i wish these people get cought bcos so many poor people loose their savings thinking they have won!

  • judge 12 Nov 2012, 09:08 AM

    just received this:YOUR SIM NO HAS WON R500 000 IN RICA PROMOTION REF RA007 FOR ACTIVATION AND CLAIM CONTACT 0815141499 OR EMAIL rica.agentlawson@yahoo.co.za. my concern is how long ar we gona tolerate these pple. why cant the responsible authorities do something to protect the public. for me, i only realised it was a scam when a got suspicious and googled "rica promotion" and found that there are thiefs. lets deal wth this pple the public media is there to keep pple aware such evils

  • phumi2 9 Nov 2012, 08:18 AM

    Got this just now: Congratulations! You have won the sum of R196,000 in rica promotion, your ref/no:019nkp contact the agent mr james on 0782452693 for your price.What I want to know is why cant the Cell phone companies assist with tracking these criminals down. I know that the cell number I was given is an MTN number as the voice message was the std MTN one? Surely this would be the way to catch these criminals.

  • Jason21 8 Nov 2012, 08:26 AM

    I received a similar sms and when I called the number it went to voocemail. something should be done about these people. surely there is a way to trace these numbers. what good iS RICA if they don't know who owns a specific number. RICA seems to be another fraud on it's own. Congratulation's you have won R320,000 From Rica Yearly Promotion. Your TICKET no.CA09KP.Please Contact no 0719253231 for Your Claim.

  • Reinhild 8 Nov 2012, 07:41 AM

    Got this just now: Congratulations! You have won the sum of R250,000.00 from the RICA promotion. your ref No: (A301KP) contact our Rica Agent on 0794342381 for your cash prize:

  • Marieta 7 Nov 2012, 08:28 PM

    received 6 November the same sms to contact Mr Nelson on 0810880848 the winning amount R195000

  • Anele2 7 Nov 2012, 08:56 AM

    Today 7 I received the same sms from a lady called "Irene". She had a strange voice when I questioned her weird voice, she said sorry I have a flu. What a skandal?

  • Wiilem Smit 7 Nov 2012, 07:42 AM

    Just recieved the same sms with ref number A301KP Agent 0794342381

  • shahieda 6 Nov 2012, 11:41 AM

    I also recieved a message today saying that my number has won 195 000 rand and a laptop. But you have to phone them back with either banking details or address. And that it includes a laptop. Very sceptical. where do they get our numbers from. And this was from an african lady and gentlemen. Apparently pamella and william. Their number is 0787580972 and the ref no is NK2p. What bullshit. And everytime you have to call them back and they must activate it. I mean honestly.

  • Bianca22 5 Nov 2012, 11:38 AM

    My father received a similar text message this week. This looks like in-house fraud. Great to know that this is the kind of thing that happens when you obey the law.

  • Lynette19 2 Nov 2012, 02:52 PM

    I also received this very same sms, I then made the phone call whereby this person introduced me, His name is David, although in the sms it stated Dave - guess its the abbreviation. Anyway He told me to give me my pin number which was in this case NK22, His response was instant, there was no checking for the right pin number. He asked me to phone back in 5 Minutes time. Because I already had quite a few sms's the same as this one, I decided to not phone him - I know this is a scam, dont these people think we would find out, I mean if you should win any competition from any large company the number which they will send it from will be a computer number NOT A CELLPHONE NUMBER!!!!! Thaks to cell c that gave me that information before.

  • Jerome9 2 Nov 2012, 09:13 AM

    Congratulations! You have won the sum of R250,000.00 from the RICA promotion. your ref No: (A301KP) contact our Rica Agent on 0794342381 for your cash prize: DON'T BE FOOLED,

  • Delia2 1 Nov 2012, 09:34 AM

    I have also just had the same thing happen but with me the lady said I had to go buy airtime and then call back with the reference no. When I started questioning why I needed to buy airtime she also just hung up. When calling back the first few times was straight to voicemail and when I got through again i pretended that we "got cut off". Again when asking why I must buy the airtime and who I must give the reference number too because I dont understand they hung up. What I want to know is why cant the Cell phone companies assist with tracking these criminals down. I know that the cell number I was given is an MTN number as the voice message was the std MTN one? Surely this would be the way to catch these criminals. What I also want to know is HOW AND WHERE did they get my cell number?

  • JP3 31 Oct 2012, 11:26 AM

    I too received an sms stating I won a R250 000 rica cash rewards, I then contacted my service provider (Cell C) which advised me that it's not one of their promotions ,as you would have to rica of course, and that I shouldn't forward any details to these scammers.Thanks Cell c for the great service by the way.

  • Ray H 30 Oct 2012, 04:21 PM

    As I am registered for RICA, I replied to their announcement that I had won R145,000 and was asked to sms them my name and address and they would forward me a cheque. Since then - Nothing! What is the point of such a scam?

  • Username2708 30 Oct 2012, 03:07 PM

    I have received a sms that said I am a lucky winner with Rica and won R150 000. All that I shouls do is to contact Sandre on 0843241194 to claim my money. I haven't even registerd for RICA.

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