rica promo scam


We got a text saying: "Congratulations!! you have won R250,000.00 from RICa yearly promo.your Ref NO;20kB.Call 0842823887 for activation of your Ref no;02KB and claim."
I phoned the number and the guy who answered said his name is Mr Barry/ Berry from RICA yearly Promotion.
He asked whether i'd prefer EFT or Cheque,to which i said cheque, and asked for my name, surname, cell number and address.
Then he said to activate my Ref Nr i must buy a R300 Aitrime Voucher and phone him again.
it seems like a scam but how can he scam me with only my name surname cell number and address?

Report ID: 5110
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Worcester
Suburb: N/A
Address: worcester
Crime Date/Time: 14 Nov 2013, 00:11 AM
Reported By: Username5110
Reported Date: 14 Nov 2013, 16:11 PM
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  • Shannon6 5 Jun 2014, 05:29 AM

    If you did not enter any competition in any legitimate store or with the service provider how could you win a dam fly never mind R250 000.00 then they ask you for money to cover the admin costs.... LMAO it's a scam don't fall prey to these criminals, be savvy and street smart!

  • Liz9 29 May 2014, 12:37 PM

    I just received a call from a Mr Henry to let me know that the Rica Award is waiting to be delivered by cheque for the amount of R750000.00 and a labtop but I must pay the amount of R1970.00 before 13h00 for transfer fees before the cheque will be send to the post office today. How dare they do this?

  • rebs 16 Apr 2014, 10:07 AM

    when will these rica scam end. on the 9th April i received i scam saying i won R300.000 in rica all networks competition awards 2013.i called this no 0732699250 and gave them the ref: they sent me, that guy (NIGERIAN) asked me how would i like to be paid, i said by cheque. today i call him to findout wheremy cheque is he say i must first pay R1600 and something before my price can be released. i said you can deduct it from my winning and he just hung up on me. we r sick and tired of these nigerians

  • yolanda6 15 Apr 2014, 07:03 PM

    CONGRATULATION! YOUR CELLPHONE NO HAS WON YOU R450,000 AND BLACKBERRY Z10 IN RICA COMPANY PROMO. YOUR REF NO D65, CTNTACT MR JEFF ON 0810626847. Realy getting f@_cking sick of all this scams.

  • Noma6 15 Apr 2014, 10:49 AM

    I received the sms on 14/04/14 saying my sim card has won R250 000, I called them the guy I spoke to sounds foreign n in the background,there were ppl laughing,ddnt sound like it was a work place at all, I asked him how come I won n I have neva heard or seen any advert of this promotion, I told him to call me! They think we r so stupid tht we can jst give them our banking details!

  • Raaz 14 Apr 2014, 12:40 PM

    I just don't understand how stupid does these stupid scammers think we are how can anyone win anything if they nva entered in the first place , and to top it all this problem is gng on of god knws how long all over the world and wat I dnt understand is Y ntg is being done abt it?.. Further more how are getting our numbers is this wat south africans had to rica their fone numbers for to be harrassed n scammed its just utter nonsense !!!! Reali now wat does Rica plan to do about this???????????

  • homer 7 Apr 2014, 04:46 PM

    CONGRATULATION! YOUR CELLPHONE NO HAS WON YOU R450,000 AND BLACKBERRY Z10 IN RICA COMPANY PROMO. YOUR REF NO D65, CTNTACT MR JEFF ON 0810626847.this is my latest one I this got..they know how ppl is over cellfones let they evens giving away z10s lol.always get these things isn't ther n number u can call to stop these dudes?they so stupid they leave n cellfone number to fone nd send it 4rm n cellfone number..

  • piet6 3 Apr 2014, 12:02 PM

    Scammers

  • versfeld 26 Mar 2014, 02:50 PM

    Congratulations your NO.is Among Lucky Winner u Won R250,000 From RicA Yeary Promotion. With Ticket NO. BP22 Call For Your cash Price 0785333045 From 8am_5pm

  • Alta6 20 Mar 2014, 10:45 PM

    CONGRATULATION's YOU HAVE WON R180.000.00 FROM RICA PROMOTIONS YOUR REF NO.6601KR CONTACT Ms LIZIWE PETER ON 0738573842 FOR YOUR CLAIM

  • Vi Staffetius 19 Mar 2014, 09:54 AM

    Don't even bother with a court case. The Oscar Pistorius case showed how long these things take. Let me know and I'll be along with my baseball bat!

  • Western-Cape W 14 Mar 2014, 10:14 AM

    CONGRATULATION, YOUR RICA SIM NO HAS WON R250,000. IN RICA PROMOTION 2014, YOUR REF NO.2200KP PLEASE CONTACT ON 0820977426 FOR YOUR CLAIM. The sms that I received was written exactly like this. Very unprofessional. I called the number and the guy who answered could not even pronounce his own name properly. I said I'm from the the police and is busy tracing his number as we speak. His phone went silent and off, and I think it will stay off for maybe forever. Don't ever give out your details to these thugs !!!

  • MCB 13 Mar 2014, 04:06 PM

    Ek kry omtrent elke week die RICA sms. Mense hou verby. Pas ook asseblief op vir Rev Dave - Net so slu

  • I J.M 13 Mar 2014, 02:34 PM

    Ireceived the sms saying i won the RICA promotions Ref.012NYP.Contact person is Mrs.NOKUTHULA MBAU her number is 0739337048.Kindly attend this matter, we are tired of this people fooling us and waisting our cellphone batteries with their crimes.Let Police do something about this.

  • 007 12 Mar 2014, 06:18 PM

    CONGRATULATION FROM RICA YOU HAVE WON R350,000 IN OUR RICA PROMO, REF NO rs090Sa CALL cliams agent on 0726274930 FOR your claim. from 0799523760 date 12 March 2014

  • avz 12 Mar 2014, 02:17 PM

    CONGRATULATION FROM RICA YOU HAVE WON R196,000 & HP LAPTOP IN OUR RICA PROMO,AMC COMPANY REF NO Z71CC CALL MRS CAROLINE ON 0783169605 FOR REF ACTIVATION & CLAIM. Got this about 10mins ago

  • Francis4 12 Mar 2014, 12:08 PM

    Just got an sms saying "CONGRATULATION's YOU HAVE WON R180.000.00 FROM RICA PROMOTION YOUR REF NO.6601KR CONTACT Ms LINDA BUTHELEZI ON 0719987025 FOR YOUR CLAIM"

  • Wonnie 11 Mar 2014, 03:23 PM

    I also just received an sms: RICA - CONGRATULATIONS your mobile no was selected in Rica Yearly Promo, you have won R950 000 plus HP Laptop. Call 060 4242183 for claims with refs R1CK - I have called, and they also asked me for the reference. I gave it and she requested my initials, surname and banking details! She even assured me that it is not a scam! I told her I can't give her any details, she said I can sms it. I did not, because I have googled this firstly. Be careful people, the enemy wants to steal and play on people's emotions and he has al lot of willing candidates! Do not trust this!

  • Elsa6 11 Mar 2014, 12:27 PM

    Just received an sms saying CONGRAT!!! YOUR CELL PHONE NO HAS WON 1,500,000,00GBP FROM RICA YEARLY PROMO. CALL RYAN ERIC ON 0735857090 TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE T&C's APPLY

  • Aneese 7 Mar 2014, 01:31 PM

    These people clearly do not give us. Same message as above. Ref6601KR and i must contact Ms Liziwe Peter on 0738573842

  • Nurri 6 Mar 2014, 10:17 AM

    This was an sms "thanks for abiding to Rica acts, as a result u have been rewared with R500000.00 in Rica Promo. with a reference number, and an email. ricapromoboard@gmail.com for claim. Ha Ha Ha. I think these must think us stupid to fall for these scams.

  • Hester11 5 Mar 2014, 09:42 AM

    Congratulation jou have won R170000 from RICA YEARLY PROMOTION. YOUR TICKET NO. 4040kp. contact miss anita on 0810656693. FOR YOUR CLAIM. wHERE DID THIS PEOPLE GET OURE PHONE NOM wE GET DAILY THIS CRAP PLEASE stop this scams to operate.

  • Leoni3 5 Mar 2014, 09:03 AM

    Got the same scam sms this morning, Ref no. SARC47UK. Ryan Eric 073 585 7090 and 082 223 7468 or email ricapromo@mailbox.co.za.

  • Annemarie Grobler 4 Mar 2014, 02:37 PM

    Ek het sopas die boodskap gekry dat my nommer randomly gekies is vir n prysgeld van R960 000. Mensies hierdie mense is skelm hoor HOU VERBY

  • Greunen 4 Mar 2014, 11:57 AM

    Ekt sopas die boodskap gekry..."CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR CELL NO. HAS WON R1,500.000.00 IN OUR (RICA YEARLY PROMO),REF NO:SARC47UK.FOR CLAIMS CALL RYAN ERIC. 0735857090. RICAPROMO@MAILBOX.CO.ZA" etters

  • carmel 4 Mar 2014, 10:25 AM

    Comment by:Carmel I received a sms this morning stating my number was the winner of R 450,000.00 on the Rica 2014 Promotion Ref No NKZA0166,contact 0822640183 between 8am-5am,mon-fri for your cash prize. i didnt call this number..dont these people have nothing better to do except wanting to ripp people off...like really now!!!!!!!!!!

  • Deacon 28 Feb 2014, 11:01 AM

    Same thing. No name,just a number (084) 8755149 And when I told the guy this sounds a but dodgy to me he put the phone down in my ear 3 times after repeated calling to see what he will do once someone has called him on his bull. Then I switched to private number,and the idiot picked up and very wearily said "Uhhhhhh,helllllllooooo???"where previously it was "rica promotions blah blah,can I have your reference number" I told him I hate scammers and will report him to the cops and he tried to say something about promotions and I put the phone down.

  • Nrateng 27 Feb 2014, 10:07 PM

    Me too i recieved the same sms,this people are crazy.thy need to be dealt with accordingly,we dnt need their money.people of south africa beware.RATU

  • Nkosinathi 26 Feb 2014, 02:47 PM

    I received an sms saying:ATT: Your cell won R450 000 in the Rica Award 2014 Sponsored by Nelson Mandela Fund. ref/noSA109. Call an agent on 0839687298 email ricafreeafrica@live.co.za

  • billy Setshaba 25 Feb 2014, 03:23 PM

    Thanks 4 abiding to RICA ACTS,as a result u ve been rewarded with R500,000:00 in RICA 2014 PROMO,your ref no. is 0012SA,email:ricapromoboard@gmail.com for claim...

  • fay2 19 Feb 2014, 11:25 PM

    Your sim number has won you R450,000.00 in the RICA AWARDS PROMO , Ref No PSJ 141 SA, Contact 0614243278 / email: ricasouthafrica@outlook.com for info.

  • Musodiwa 19 Feb 2014, 10:18 AM

    Latest sms about RICA yearly promo scam. From 072 995 3170. The number to call for cash price is 078 533 3045. Be aware

  • Stella5 14 Feb 2014, 09:18 AM

    update on my report of yesterday. Received an sms that I should call a number to claim prize. Went to Rica.wozaonline.co.za and asked to confirm. Received an e.mail asking for details and seeing no bank details required I proceeded. All looks very legit with letterhead etc until they said to claim prize I must depost R999 into bank. Then I knew it was a scam. They phoned to see if I received my notification to transfer and when I told him the bank was on the other line and I didn't believe a bank draft costs that much, he said "so you will no longer be a prize winner and hung up!" Be aware!

  • Renato 6 Feb 2014, 03:05 PM

    I'd like to make a suggestion to all the above scam recipients. When you phone and "claim" your prize at all sorts of costs, tell them to deduct it from your winnings. I'm sure you wont mind.

  • Barbs 5 Feb 2014, 10:13 AM

    I received a sms this morning stating i had won R 250,000.00 on the Rica Promotion Ref No SA NO xxxI was to call the Rica Centre on 081 313 9762. When i phoned was told i had won as my numbers matched. They told me there was 2 options for me to receive my money 1 was Internet banking or cheque. I told them cheque, they said no problem all i have to do send a return sms with my full name and address, i will have the cheque in 36 hours. What are they trying to do, are they now venturing into house breakings.

  • Mads 5 Feb 2014, 09:08 AM

    i received the same SMS different number 0719495662. How many numbers does these people have!!!

  • Naadia 31 Jan 2014, 02:24 PM

    Can these sms's stop already!! At 14:17 PM i received an sms saying 'Congratulations! Your cell no. has won R960 000 00 in our RICA YEARLY PROMO, REF NO: J461SA. Call Michael Smith: 0786695643 for activation and claims.' My cousin was scammed and i am not falling for this as well.

  • Maryna9 30 Jan 2014, 08:50 AM

    I'm so pleased to see all these comments. I've just got the same - my contact Zandile Khoza @ 0739048405

  • Deleen2 28 Jan 2014, 10:53 AM

    Got SMS "Thank you for staying with RICA! your phone no has won 960,000.00 in the RICA promotions. Ref no:RC600SA! Call Terry Smith on 0732354023 for claim $ avtivation. Don't even bother as I get this on a weekly basis. This is SICK!!

  • sizwe7 28 Jan 2014, 09:11 AM

    just received an sms saying that i have won R250 OOO.OO from yearly rica promotion claim ticket no:0166p.immediately i called the guy he sound like nigerian he told me that i must just buy R60.00 mtn airtime.people lets try to keep our personal details from strangers

  • Thammy Moyo 27 Jan 2014, 12:39 PM

    Just received an SMS saying that I won R 175 000. Called Mrs Lindiwe and she said I must buyt R 180.00 worth of MTN airtime in order to claim the prize. Why are the police not doing something about this?

  • lucia2 23 Jan 2014, 03:36 PM

    I received to smses about this rica promo and the 1 guy said to me I must buy 110 vodacom airtym nd the other one said how will I like to receive my winning said by post nd he said some1 will call me tomorrow for all d details i mean lyk daaaaaa

  • Michelle77 23 Jan 2014, 01:52 PM

    Got an sms from Mrs Nomsa Khumalo , I tried phoning just to test the number and it was on voicemail. Number is: 078 326 7927. (not the first time). scam

  • Tshepiso5 23 Jan 2014, 12:13 PM

    i just received a msg that says "Congratulations you have won 170,000,00 from RECA YEARLY PROMOTION. you ticket NO.4040KP. contact Miss Anita. hey who ever you are stop SMSing My numbers if you know what's good for you.

  • azeeza 23 Jan 2014, 08:09 AM

    I have also receieved on many occasions the same sms.. 4rm linda buthelezi.. Mr john.. How do they get access 2 our cell nums?

  • Sp2 20 Jan 2014, 03:28 PM

    Dear jacqui i js saw you pain abt loosing money i thnk i cn help call my step mom she works on the rica company she is good at tracing cz the husband is also inspector 0611122571.i hope u will get the help jst hoping.

  • Lindre 20 Jan 2014, 12:53 PM

    I got a sms saying CONGRATULATION's YOU HAVE WON R180.000.00 FROM RICA PROMOTION YOUR REF NO.6601KR CONTACT Ms LINDA BUTHELEZI ON 0717010712 FOR YOUR CLAIM

  • Brenda7 17 Jan 2014, 12:19 PM

    I received an sms saying CONGRATULATION's YOU HAVE WON R180.000.00 FROM RICA PROMOTION YOUR REF NO.6601KR CONTACT Ms LINDA BUTHELEZI ON 0717010712 FOR YOUR CLAIM I phoned, she identified herself and then we got cut off (or she put down). Tried a second time straight away and couldn't get through. Third time I got through and she asked for my ref no, she confirmed my ref no was for R180 000.00 and proceeded to ask for my cell no, name and address and asked if I wanted a cheque by courier or direct deposit. I asked how my number could be in a rica promotion when I rica'd my phone looooong ago and that this must be a scam. Her response - your number can be in a rica promotion even if it was rica'd 100 years ago. I will update if I hear from them again!!!

  • Lorraine4 17 Jan 2014, 11:34 AM

    I received an sms: You have won R195 000 on rica yearly promotion. They required my id, name, telephone number and postal address. Sure enough I sent them the details. About 2 days later I received a telephone call from 'somebody' saying that my details are correct and I have won R195 000. When I questioned the person about what I have to pay to receive my prize they said check your mailbox and put the phone down in my ear. I checked my mail and sure enough I received mail saying that I will receive the R195 000 but I must pay a fee of R1999. Then I must phone a certain number starting with 06.... something. Surely this has to be STOPPED!!!!!! many stupid people are falling for this trap. Once you pay the amout over to 'WHOEVER'!!!! you will NEVER see your money again. Report to the police!!! THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED!!!!

  • Simmy 16 Jan 2014, 04:27 PM

    Received sms RicaSa Congratulations! Your rica SIM card won R450 000 in Rica yearly promotion ...... Call 0721567599 for claims Ref/no/Rs04.

  • Lorraine4 16 Jan 2014, 10:55 AM

    I also received an sms saying that i have won 195 000 on rica promotion. Sent an email. Then they required my id, adress, and telephone. I have NEVER heard from them again. This is another scam to get money out of desperate people. Do not even try to answer ANY of these scams. If it is too good to be true STAY AWAY!!!!!

  • Deleen 15 Jan 2014, 12:04 PM

    Congratulations, your phone number has won R195000 in RICA Promo with Ref no 12 SA contact the agent Mrs Samantha on 0734368793 to claim your prize. Can the police or fraud unit or even RICA not do something about this?

  • Eric Swindon 15 Jan 2014, 09:41 AM

    Ms Amanda on 071 508 8890

  • Vorster 14 Jan 2014, 09:42 PM

    I received the following sms from 0823549285 RICA ALERT:U SEL NOMMER IS GEKIES IN DIE 2014 RICA PROMO, VERWYSING MBL74SA, R250,000. KONTAK MRS ELIZABETH STRYDOM 0723659483 OM U PRYS TE EIS. VEELS GELUK !

  • p van der walt 14 Jan 2014, 05:11 PM

    RICA PROMO! CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON R250.000.00 IN OUR RICA ALL NETWORKS AWARD 2014.(REF NO:UK125SA)CALL MISS PAMELLA ON 0781570561 FOR CLAIM.

  • Egberd Roos 14 Jan 2014, 07:18 AM

    it started with this number 0712845231 RICA PROMO I have won R450.000 contact us on 0817954242 for activation

  • Nelis Goosen 10 Jan 2014, 09:15 AM

    RICA PROMO Ms Amanda 071 508 8890

  • Lesego7 10 Jan 2014, 08:10 AM

    I landed on this page because I wanted confirmation that this is a scam. I also received a similar sms this morning.

  • Lesego7 10 Jan 2014, 08:07 AM

    Hi Jacqui I am sorry to say this but you are not going to get your money back because it was a scam. I believe if you have won anything you should receive the price without having to pay for it. They played on your desperation because they could hear it. I am sorry you had to go through this, all will be well.

  • J5 31 Dec 2013, 01:45 PM

    I have so scammed by Rica. Received a sms i won R250 000 - was so desperate for money. I called and Ben picked up. I had to purchase R110 airtime and call back. to make a long story short i was given two options to receive my winnings either by cheque or eft. i opted for cheque to which i had to pay approx R35000 for courier & insurance. I got wary about the cheque and opted for eft - now according to Standard Bank Charted UK i have to pay R40 000 for a COT pin in order for the transfer to commence. I have borrowed money from a friend and used up all my savings for my stupidity. I have gone from debt free to deep in debt. what also makes me wonder what has standard bank got to do this. all i want is all my money i paid in - i need it so desperately back. i really dont know what to do?

  • Cheryl14 27 Dec 2013, 09:37 AM

    I received this sms on 141213.Congratulation's you have won R170, 000 from RICA YEARLY PROMOTION. YOUR TICKET NO.4040KP.CONTACT MISS ANITA ON 0810656693 FOR YOUR CLAIM.

  • Fiona 2 23 Dec 2013, 11:43 AM

    Received a sms 27769570812: CONGRATULATION, YOUR RICA SIM NO HAS WON R250,000. IN RICA PROMOTION 2013, YOUR REF NO.2200KP PLEASE CONTACT ON 0786728352 FOR YOUR CLAIM.

  • L Damon 20 Dec 2013, 09:32 AM

    The guy that sent me the message was Mr Johnson his number 0604197343

  • Hennie van der Walt 19 Dec 2013, 08:33 AM

    I received the following SMS: Congratulation!!Your mobile NUMBER.has won you R195,000 in rica promo.with ticket no.Z166p.For claims call judith OR MR MARK ON 0782706849,to activate ur ticket received the following SMS:

  • sibusiso7 17 Dec 2013, 11:21 AM

    " Congratulation's you have won R170,000.00 from RICA YEARLY PROMOTION. YOUR TICKET NO.4040KP.CONTACT MISS ANITA ON 0810656693. FOR YOUR CLAIM." This is the message that I just received now, r u running this kind of a promotion?

  • adheesh 17 Dec 2013, 11:00 AM

    this rica thing is such a big scam... 1st they tell you that you must pay a cost of transfer fee, which is R2300, then they tell you that you need to pay 2percent of the the prize money as a revenue fee, y must i pay R9000 so that i can recieve this 450 000 that i have won..i suggest we open a chase against these people and get our lawyers to deal with them once and for all....

  • Annalien 13 Dec 2013, 04:37 PM

    Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:32:00 AM 27796735472 Congratulations your cell number has won you the sum of R250,000 in the RICA 2013 end of year promotion, your ref number SARC13 call claim centre on 0764944794.

  • NC 13 Dec 2013, 10:56 AM

    Hi, I have received the following Rica messages RICA PROMO! CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON R250.000.00 IN OUR RICA ALL NETWORKS AWARD 2013.CALL MISS PAMELLA ON 0781570561 FOR CLAIM. And after you make the payment of R1250 you need to contact - Note that the total money to be delivered is R250,000.00. and the total charges been made, kindly contact Mr Lucas Or Michelle, On (021)8282918. for payment instruction thanks.when I asked for proof they send a certificate stating the amoumt and ref nr. - Is this a scam??

  • BL 12 Dec 2013, 10:48 AM

    "congrats!! your mobile number has won R250.000 on the RICA promotion with ref no 0199k call this number 0739481054 for ur cash prize for 08.00 am .17.00pm" - this person clearly can't use the appropriate language and spelling in their sms to make it 'believable'. Their numbers should be tracked and they should be apprehended.

  • heinrich2 3 Dec 2013, 08:16 AM

    CONGRATULATION FROM RICA YOU HAVE WON R196,000 & HP LAPTOP IN OUR RICA PROMO,AMC COMPANY REF NO Z71CC CALL MRS CAROLINE ON 0783169605 FOR REF ACTIVATION & CLAIM. Die man is in Bloemfontein en wil he moet al my besonderhede sms vir uitbetaling.

  • Username5535 2 Dec 2013, 09:19 AM

    Just got a sms won R250,000.00 No 0166p.Call Mr Peterson 0606210893 from 8am to 5pm

  • M Cronje 27 Nov 2013, 01:26 PM

    Received sms " Congratualations, you have won R180 000 from Rica promotions your ref No 6601KR Contact Ms Linda Buthelezi on 0738589858 for your claim"...I did not even try to phone, sure it is a scam. PS. Is someone doing something about these as i get about 3 a week.

  • Langa Siyaya 22 Nov 2013, 06:16 PM

    I have received an sms: "CONGRATULATIONS!!! UR CELL NUMBER HAS WON YOU 2013 RICA PROMOTION OF R385.000 CALL JONES OR SIYANDA AT 0719081661 FOR YOUR CASH PRIZE." When I call them they say I have to buy and load R110 vodacom airtime to their number for cheque processing. Kind Regards,

  • meizel 20 Nov 2013, 05:39 PM

    Received the rica scam promo dat said you have won. 180000. It said call Ms LINDA BUTHELEZI ON 0738589858 .

  • lerato9 19 Nov 2013, 02:23 PM

    i think its hight time for this rica promotion peaple to dance for their own music now.my worry did they get our numbers,same action needs to be taken as soon as possible

  • j.haasbroek 19 Nov 2013, 08:44 AM

    I get these sms's on a regular basis. This guy wants you to buy him air time and after you bought him air-time, you don't here from him any more. Be very carefull!!! it is the same guy who sms every- one with regards to these competitions.I also received sms's from, "Mr.Bary. My latest is from MRS. Natalie Jacobs@0793255854.It is all a scam!!!

  • Username886 18 Nov 2013, 12:06 PM

    I received an sms just a few minutes ago saying: Congratulations!!! Your sim card no has won R175,000 in Rica Promotion, ref. No: 091RP, for claim contact your agent mr, Eric on: 0834367495

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