RICA scam

Received an sms from number +27817632162 saying: Congratulations! Your mobile number won R950 000.00 in our yearly RICA award draw. Call Sandra Atkins on 0748256480 with Ref No. RIC/24 for claims. I did call this Sandra, and now they're telling me that I've to pay Cost of Transfer fee of R3120.00. Please RICA people can you put a STOP on these scam smses preying on us..........

Report ID: 3663
Crime Category: Corruption
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Soweto, Naledi Ext2
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 2 Apr 2013, 00:04 AM
Reported By: Username3663
Reported Date: 18 Apr 2013, 12:04 PM
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  • Rob2 30 Apr 2014, 12:16 AM

    Its a scam, I got this via sms. Dear benefactor, for activation of your ref no, contact the admin office. Pay R5500 into the following account to receive your cheque. Bank: Capitec Bank Name: SS AMPOFO AccountNo: 1377882398 Their phone numbers: 27763273247, 27791628040, 27606976986, 447452248030 - UK mobile, 0218139331 - Cape Town.

  • Debra Chase 19 Apr 2013, 09:11 AM

    Received the same message saying won R950,000.00 and a laptop with reference R02 SACK and I was to phone 0835369148. But noted that message was received from number 0741591477. I phoned just see what they were trying to do and got congratulated abruptly but told to send my bank details and address to them via message. I refused this so she gave me option of email to RICACLAIMSDEPT@HOTMIL.CO.ZA or could fax to 0867100103. Fraudsters not as smart as they think are: 1. I was phoning from a different phone number and no questions were raised. In fact she messaged me the details to the other phone number. 2. The phones are RICA in my husbands name so why was she happy to deal with me? 3. She asked for my address, but surely that was the whole point of RICA for you to supply an address to them as the phone owner? 4. Another interesting point is no such company registered in Johannesburg or Cape Town as RICA Online. 5. Once I had done my phone call and tried to call back the number went to night service at 9:10 a.m. - now ask yourself would a company do that? For monies of this size all sorts of security rules should be in place AND ONE Of THEM IS CERTAINLY NOT GIVING OUR YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS BANKING OR OTHERWISE. So no matter how tempting NEVER GIVE OUT these details. Regards Debby

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