I received and SMS saying that I had won R250 000 and a laptop in the Rica Yearly Promotion, was given a reference number and advise to call 072 228 1314 to claim. When I called I spoke to a man named Nelson and he advised me that I need to send him and SMS with my name and surname and bank and account number to the same cellphone number and then call him back. I sent the details and called him back, he then advise that I needs to buy a R250 Telkom prepaid voucher at my nearest Engen, Spar, Shoprite or Checkers and call him back with the voucher pin. Once they have received the pin number, they will load the payment authorisation into their system and the prize money will be transferred by 12pm this afternoon. The voucher and pin story sounded fishy so I Googled the "Rica Yearly Promotion" and got the link to the "Report a Crime" website.

Report ID: 2789
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Brooklyn
Address: Brooklyn
Crime Date/Time: 14 Nov 2012, 00:11 AM
Reported By: Username2789
Reported Date: 14 Nov 2012, 08:11 AM
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  • Dinah 2 17 Jul 2015, 12:06 PM

    I did received a sms today 17.07.2015 time: 11:44 From 0732013231 RICA HAVE REWARDED YOU WITH FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND RANDS CONTACT JUDITH/MARK ON 0603826816 REF Z166P EMIL US ricapromo131@yahoo.co.za

  • kagiso9 26 Feb 2014, 12:50 PM

    high one victim scammed 24hrs ago i received an sms stating that ihave won R195K FROM rica promo with ticket number z166p i have to call a certain Judith/Mark from mobile number 0725725969 and respond number is 0782706849 that says activate your number, i had to go and borrow a sum of R120.00 to buy mtn airtime then i was told that after 24hrs today i got a call and sms from 0607661980 WITH email address ricapromo@rocketmail.com for claims fax number o8660113201/ricapromo131@yahoo.coza and a certain message from 7793166891 asking for insurance of my cheque amounts toR2,350 which again must confirm payment to HOPE or SARAH O739318877/0218139473 AND FAX THE INVOICE AFTE RPAYMENT,I received a call from a dully scammer with a zimbabean english accent and their Mark with a deep west african accent, if we wish to cann this useless nerds of fraud our mobile operators should daily send and assist us clients with disadvantage information not to be netted to this crooks web and our intellegency should make sure to investicate this calls and numbers so that this crooks can be nabbed i will keep on phoning and trace them until with different numbers of my mobile numbers but with Gods hope and my wish one will nabbed and be punished.

  • Vincent7 9 Apr 2013, 08:15 AM

    I wonder what the point of RICA was if these guys can't be traced and held accountable? Just asking.

  • John50 27 Mar 2013, 09:15 AM

    Jus got the same SMS this morning,these people like taking chances. Please be very careful when dealing with such people. Let's protects ourselves!!!

  • Mike50 28 Feb 2013, 05:56 PM

    Received similar message on 27 Feb 2013. Why is this still going on?

  • Ri 12 Feb 2013, 06:48 AM

    Same thing happened this morning. Food for thought: if you have not entered a competition, you cannot win anything :)

  • Sipho5 29 Jan 2013, 11:11 AM

    The scam is still going on, I received an sms on the 26 of January 2013 from number 0813162783, and I was told to call Mr Clinton on 0747516446 to claim the prize. The Clinton guy got very agro when I asked a lot of questions. That is when I realised that I was being scammed. Something really needs to be done. i am actually shocked that this has been goin on for months now.

  • Wesley Allan 25 Jan 2013, 09:34 AM

    Recieved an sms this morning saying you have won R250000 and a laptop in RICA YEARLY PROMOTION. FROM NUMBER 0814880957. phoned the man on the number provided 0720834659 and he said the same thing, bank details must be given or a bank quaranteed cheque will be delivered, i must go to a Engen garage and buy R180 airtime. and kept instisting its not a fraud!i agree why has RICA themselves not done anything about this!!

  • alex8 19 Jan 2013, 02:07 PM

    same story.got one today. R95000 and a laptop. sms came from 0812742857 and i must call 0817020551. strange that this is being reported for so long and the number still stays there smsing.

  • Angel4 14 Jan 2013, 06:22 AM

    I just received an SMS this morning that I've won 130 000 from Rica Promotion and was advised to call Mrs Bianca to claim my prize with a ref no.

  • Brandon7 9 Jan 2013, 04:00 PM

    same happend to me. i asked them for a email address to send the voucher no and banking details so they would not give me. "they prefer sms"

  • thabiso9 28 Dec 2012, 10:24 AM

    i got the same sms saying that i won R250,000 and i have to call claim center @ 0760164339 for cash prize. Then i called, the guy told me to buy R100 Cellc airtime, i bought that airtime but after sending it they told me to pay R2850, then i did'nt understand how can u win a prize and pay for it. Then i decided to goggle this promotion, guys don't fall 4 this

  • Jacques18 28 Dec 2012, 06:22 AM

    got the sms from number 0724061254,saying i have won R150 000 from rica2012 yearly promotion , ref no nk777 and must contact us@ 0725203156 they use ure sim nr

  • elizabeth21 20 Dec 2012, 01:57 PM

    received sms today........It says i won R95 000....and laptop...to phone 0817 020 551 to claim

  • TASNEEM 14 Dec 2012, 04:17 PM

    i received an sms today 14 December saying ive won R 95 000 and a laptop.i had a reference number and when i claim i should fone the following number 0789998696.i foned from my cell and a lady picked up but then i tried from my work number and there was no answer. please people dont fall for this crooks.

  • Oarabile 13 Dec 2012, 02:48 PM

    I received an sms on the 12 December 2012 saying my number won R950 000,00 and was asked to give my name and bank details.

  • Len Engelbrecht 11 Dec 2012, 04:54 PM

    I got the same sms and many phone calls later I now am going to give that Sarah a piece of my mind when I phone her tomorrow.

  • Wilma11 11 Dec 2012, 09:03 AM

    I cot the same sms today. From 081 762 2293 "Congratulation! Your mobile no has won R195.000. And a laptop in the RICA Yearly promot. With Ref no. NK2p, call mrs pamella 078 493 5817 for claim". Hell how could I win something with out sining in for a compotision? This is a scam. They can forget it that I'm going to repley.

  • pieter32 10 Dec 2012, 12:09 PM

    Receive a call form Pamella - 078 493 5817 stating that I have won R 195 00 and a Laptop. My claim nu: NK2p. My activation number:245m. Receive an sms saying I must now contact a Mr Johan at ricapromo@rocketmail.com tel 021 813 9525 or fax: 086 295 8530. Five minutes ago I receive a call from Sarah saying I must pay R 2 350.00 before the cheque will be sent.

  • Louise27 10 Dec 2012, 11:08 AM

    I just now received the sms , and decided to first google it .I am glad i did .Thank you All . God Bless in this season and i hope they will catch the guy who is scamming everyone .

  • Louise Mohamed 30 Nov 2012, 09:22 AM

    I received an sms informing me that I won R200.000. I will need to first purchase R110.00 Vodacom airtime to activate my reference number. My money will then be deposited into my account. she said nogal that it's not a scam. her number is 0729887377 and the message came from 079 083 4325. i told her i will report her to the crime unit.rubbishes

  • Bezle mthathe 24 Nov 2012, 08:19 AM

    Also received the sms from 0813673625 and 0762340595.

  • Ashbee 23 Nov 2012, 10:49 AM

    I received this same message from 0728841318 today. I was asked to contact 0733128740. of course I never did that but checked in Google and as I suspected confirmed it was a scam. Why doesn't the person or body responsible for RICA do something about it? Surely that is the purpose if RICA, to curb criminal activities.

  • Beverley9 22 Nov 2012, 09:21 AM

    Same scam - different number - surely with RICA these numbers can be traced to actual people and they can be held accountable for this nonsense - contact number furnished 0733128740

  • minni 21 Nov 2012, 08:14 AM

    i am in Cape Town.just got the same sms this morning about winning 195,000 and the woman said to buy her an mtn 180 airtime..pshweew this is crazy we have their numbers why are the not traced and arrested

  • Bruce10 20 Nov 2012, 08:18 AM

    I'v just received the same sms this mornin at 08h00 telling me that my mobile number has won R171,000,00 in da rica yearly promotion. I had no doubt that this was some sort of scam trick used to steal money from others

  • rentia 19 Nov 2012, 10:43 AM

    Received the same sms twice this morning, had to call 0782811008, spoke to a lady who need my bank details and cell number

  • Minki2 19 Nov 2012, 09:15 AM

    Received the same message this morning,never called back. Is there any point of contact we could have these guys traced? I figured i would be willing to contacted them back, provided the police would be tracking the call.

  • rosalind pool 16 Nov 2012, 07:48 AM

    i recieved the same sms,and was asked to send all my details,i checked with rica and this is a scam,people dont fall for this,this man,gave his name,i ph at 7am who is in the office at 7am at rica,his ph no is 0722281314

  • aretha2 15 Nov 2012, 02:21 PM

    Hi die selde sms vandag gekry your cell number have won you R250.000 from rica promotion call your agent on 0716430468, ai julle en glo my ekt n jaar terug geval vir dit en baie geld veloor wil so graag mens en venaam ou mensies waarsku!!!

  • Kobus17 15 Nov 2012, 12:59 PM

    My wife received the same sms from cell nr 081 274 2857 and have to call 081 702 0551.

  • Username2789 15 Nov 2012, 11:02 AM

    This guys actually phoned me back after 2 hours to ask if I had bought the Telkom voucher yet, I told him I had not and was busy at work. Then he phoned again another 2 hours later to check and I told no I had not and I was not going to buy the vouchers because I knew he was scamming me and I had already reported him. He hung up on me right after I said this. He then phoned me back like literally a minute later saying "no, its not a scam". I told him he must not lie and his response was, "well I have your account number now and I am going to take all the money out of your account", I just laughed at him and asked him "What money?" and then he hung up. I flagged this situation at my bank and I get notifications if money goes out of my account so if he does anything, I will know about it immediately.

  • sade4 15 Nov 2012, 10:44 AM

    Same happened to me earlier today. At this point in my life, scams like this cause me to feel extremely suicidal

  • christina 15 Nov 2012, 07:35 AM

    hey, it happened to me today. what can we do about these people. they said to me give us your banking details i refused, then said just sent your name and residential address we wil dilever your cheque, i never responded, what if they will come and kill me if i give them my residential address?

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