I received an sms informing me that I had won R350 000.00 in a Rica Promo. I replied in email to the address above, ask how does this work. I then received an email with a form attached asking for my details, bank account included. I filled it in and sent it back. Later I received a call from a Linda Mabaso, congratulating me and explaining the process to follow. Then I was contacted by a Mr Adam Desmond, again congratulating me and asking for an "initiating" fee of R2 890.45. He then emailed me banking details into which I should make the payment, the account of L. Bopheko at Nedbank, and that I would receive my winnings once payment confirmation was received. Linda called again and said that the "South African Reserve Bank Unit" will be dealing with the claim. I was then informed that I would have to pay R26 333, in order for the "reserve bank" to release the moneys. I told them I do not have this amount available and was told that I may negotiate with the bank. There was an arrangement made for me to pay R10 000 and I did (into same account, after FNB would not except the payment into one of their accounts). Mr Desmond spoke to a Mr Watkins at the Reserve bank, who deals with these winnings, and he would take the matter up with the bank on my behalf. I received a call from said Watkins and he informed me that the bank was not going to accept the money paid and would only issue my winnings once the remaining R16 333 was paid. I told Mr Watkins that I do not have this money and would like to cancel the deal and requested my money back. I was called be both Linda and Desmond, desperately trying to convince me in trying to get the money. After long arguments with both, they had given me an "option" (today, 12 Aug) to refund my money, however, I would have to purchase R279 Vodacom airtime and make a payment of R1 200 odd, which I refused to do. So I have R12 890.45 missing from my pocket, with nothing to show for it and have no way of getting it back without obligation. I will not rest until this matter is brought to book. This is the only regret I have and will haunt me for the rest of my life.
|Crime Date/Time:||3 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM|
|Reported Date:||12 Aug 2014, 21:08 PM|