Received a sms (on 30/07/2013)saying I won R350 000 in OMO 2013 PROMO Ref OMO960SA and I must call the claim center on (021 927 0835). Had to buy airtime to authenticate my reference number. They said they needed R 2 550 to do an EFT or R 2 850 to have DHL deliver an approved check. I told them I would pay R500 and the rest when I have the money. Gave them an empty bank account number into which they must pay the money.
The account was credited with a check payment of R350 000. Naturally that seemed legit, so I payed the rest. They called me throughout the day (for 3 days : 30/07/2013 - 01/08/2013)) to check details and receipts and stuff. Then they said they need R14 000 to get the security code from the reserve bank so that I can access the money (on 01/08/2013). I slammed on the brakes there.
Phoned the Reserve Bank myself and Googled the phone numbers they were using, and saw that there are adds on Gumtree with the same numbers - hiring cars/taxis/drivers, movers, travel agents, etc. Also obviously this site (report-a-crime) in RICA scams and annual competitions.
They seem to have gotten a bit smarter - so beware of the folowing:
Mrs. Rose (079 688 5779)
Phone numbers: 021 827 1306; 021 927 0835;
Fax numbers: 086 667 3362 (for proof of payment)
Banking details of: Receiving agent acc. for Mr L Mpini - Absa account number 928 577 6904 - they had other banks and account numbers too
|Address:||Telephonic & SMS|
|Crime Date/Time:||30 Jul 2013, 00:07 AM|
|Reported Date:||1 Aug 2013, 11:08 AM|