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I received an sms about winning  prize money to the value of R125000. The message further read that if I want to claim my prize I must call George Yarkan on 0835747130 and I had to ensure that he registers my winnings and to cash the prize I had to call him from 8am to 6pm. I followed all the instructions and even purchased  the R180 MTN airtime which he requested. And before I could give him the last few numbers of the pin, I realised I was being scammed and told him I am to call the police. Thereafter, I hung up. During these phonecalls to and from him he was getting very aggitated and upset that I am not doing everything he is telling me and as quickly as he wanted me to.

Report ID: 729
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Northern Cape
City/Town: KIMBERLY
Suburb: Beaconsfield
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 3 Dec 2010, 00:12 AM
Reported By: Username729
Reported Date: 4 Dec 2010, 17:12 PM
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  • AJ3 21 Dec 2010, 01:16 PM

    I have just received the following message on my cell phone (21/12/2010):Congradulations! your mobile no.Won R95.000.In Nokia Yearly promo.With ref no.JTS.0016.For Claims call 0789688259. .....I assume this is also part of the scam and have therefor not responded.

  • CE Ludick 21 Dec 2010, 11:39 AM

    I received a sms that read youre are a winner off R175000 in the Nokia yaerly promotion comp please phone 0839405748 Mr John Claim no 119NKP sms received the 24th of November 2010

  • wimpie 21 Dec 2010, 11:20 AM

    got the sms i won 100 000 from mrs pietersen i did give the pin code of 180 airtime then i was ask to deposit 2500 for insurance cost and transfere fees i got 11person cellphone number the other two use private numbers can we not trace them

  • Samantha19 7 Dec 2010, 07:40 AM

    I also received an sms this morning, claiming that I've won R250 000 with a ticket number. These people should definately be caught and arrested. This is wrong.

  • Username729 4 Dec 2010, 05:23 PM

    I hope these criminals will be caught. We are all hardworking South Africans who struggle to survive and to receive messages as this one sends us completely in a tailspin. We do not immediately realise the implications until it's too late. We're all desperate to make a little extra money to ease some of the difficulties we're all experiencing. It's not fair that these people can just easily use technology to rob us of our hard earned money. And they get away with it. This should not be dealt with lightly. They should be sentenced harshly.

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