Ricapromo scam


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.

Report ID: 6800
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Mossel Bay
Suburb: Hartenbos
Address: ricapromo507@yahoo.com
Crime Date/Time: 3 Aug 2014, 00:08 AM
Reported By: Username6800
Reported Date: 12 Aug 2014, 21:08 PM
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  • Username6800 14 Jan 2015, 05:22 PM

    Hi, Mark. I suggest you contact Honda, regarding this. I have also sent MTN a few mails and they have not been able to resolve it... Either MTN doesn't know how to handle this or these scam artist are so good in covering their tracks, that its almost impossible to track. I think the latter, its been going on for to long and so many people have fallen for it. The police do nothing, 'cause they don't think its that serious, however when reading the CPA, these people are break at least 3 of their laws. So the question is: how is this not a crime? It pains me to see these messages are still going around and I got another a few weeks ago too... What can we all do? Report a crime should also do something... Publish these on social media or to the newspapers o TV and maybe someone will know what to do.

  • Mark Farrell 14 Jan 2015, 11:44 AM

    I have received Honda lottery promotions mail , informing me of 350 000 Million pounds win. With same telephone number being used ?????? How come the Police could not trace this call ??? 021 - 8282694

  • jan37 2 Dec 2014, 12:48 PM

    on 24-11-2014 i received an sms that says i won an of R350 000.00 THAT SMS COMES FROM RICA PROMOTION MY CONTACT NUMBER IS 073 150 7989 CAN YOU JUST ASSIST ME IN THAT MATTER NO ANSWER WHEN I CONTACT THEM PLS HELP ME

  • jan37 2 Dec 2014, 12:43 PM

    on 24-11-2014 i received massege that says i won an amount of R350 000.00 from rica promotion their contact number 021-8282 694 i dont know where do this people get my number my contact number is 073 150 7989

  • A Hull 16 Sep 2014, 05:35 PM

    Just received the same offer on my MTN email which is included in my modem, I do not use this this email. why does MTN allow these things to go through.

  • clint8 14 Aug 2014, 08:47 AM

    Yor,.. Bunch of naaies

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