RICA Promotion

Literacy clues: All in capital letters; "Congratulation" without an "s". Full stop in the middle of the sentence after R250.000; "REF" no full stop after abbreviation, but "NO." is abbreviated; "MRS" no full stop and the sentence does not end with a full stop - Note that this illiterate's mere communication skills gives his/her self away. Moreover, contact numbers are usually written in chunks.

Report ID: 2617
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Melville
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 11 Oct 2012, 00:10 AM
Reported By: Username2617
Reported Date: 11 Oct 2012, 09:10 AM
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  • Michelle26 11 Dec 2012, 10:15 AM

    I got the sms today saying that I had won R195 and an hp laptop (HP wasn't in capital letters) and to call Mrs Calthime (Sounds like a made-up surname). I knew it was a scam straight away and found all your help online to give me reassurance. Thanks guys! Let's keep crime out of this country!

  • Rina 8 Nov 2012, 04:42 PM

    Also got this. Congratulations! you have won R95,000 in Rica promotion , Ticket . On MP26 , contact Mr herry on 0717729073 from 8 am to 5pm

  • Mathew4 7 Nov 2012, 05:46 PM

    Hi! I also recieve that similer sms on 06/11/2012,says i'm won R250000 n i must call mrs Asanda at this no:0739849899,whom i called in da morning,bt da guy answer n tell me mres Asanda moved 2 the other department. He is telling me 2 buy 110 vodacom airtime in order 2 activate my ref and send him my accound no on the same phone number mentioned above. I would like the department of correctional service 2 look at this issue n trays those numbers 2 get those people arrested

  • zama2 5 Nov 2012, 11:09 AM

    I received this sms today morning sayinG RICA:you have won R185,000 in Rica promotion, your ref/no:019NP contact the agent mr Adams on 0734324885 for your prize.... so I called them and asked what is this about, the guy I spoke to is Nigerian, he so angry because I didnt fone to claim my prize I asked if they have come to this country to Rob people ... well Im not that dumb please try your luck somewhere else . Guys please be careful because you might find yourself in debts ... I wish these people could be tracked down and arrested.

  • Bongani 11 5 Nov 2012, 09:51 AM

    I have an sms as well from this number 0812533514 saying I have won R250 000 and a Laptop from Rica Promotions with the ref no (SA012) and I must call this number 0722281314 to claim my prize. Right there I knew it was fraud, because I use to work for Vodacom and I never heard of such thing. So I gave the guy a call acting happy, and guy by the name of Isaac picked up the phone. When I told him that I recieved an sms saying I have won some money, he asked me to call after 5min while he checks the ref number. After 5 min I gave him a call, and then he congratulated me for winning R250 000 and then asked me if I want the money to be transfered to Bank or by cheque, I said I need a cash cheque, he then asked me to sms him my ID number, cellphone numbers and my physicall address so they can drop the cheque at my house and I must call him to find out if he has recieved my sms, I said OK I will call him. I then asked where is the company based and he said PE, I asked him that if I google the company will I find and he said yes. The long and short I did not send my details and yes the accent is nigerian. Its fraud they are back again. Be carefull. You can not just win without entering a compatition.

  • Mutiro 1 Nov 2012, 08:24 AM

    Also got an sms the my sim won R850000 from RICA promotion with ref No. SA02RICA, pls call Nelson on 0835681321 for activation & claim send from 0721764052. Please dont fall for this, its all fraud

  • Vanessa18 30 Oct 2012, 09:35 AM

    I received a similar message this morn. Congratulation your sim hae won R 850,000. FROM RICA PROMOTIONS WITH (REF NO A02) PLS CALL COLLEEN ON 0781380075 FOR ACTIVATION & CLAIM sent from 0721764052

  • Jose3 29 Oct 2012, 07:09 AM

    I received a similar message this morn. Congratulation.your cell no. won r345,000. and laptop. from rica promo 2012.ref no. p113rc for claim. call mr.morgan. on 0740738202. sender 27812773330 Message centre 2781191 29Oct 2012 06:24:15 It is good and helpful to have a system or the internet which allows us to log events such as these to warn others

  • david7 27 Oct 2012, 09:38 AM

    i also received the sms saying i won 190,000 with the ticket no z166p on 26/10/12, they say i must call MR Mark on 0737840102. when i call they say i am must call in 5 minutes, after 5 minutes i call and they say i have won and i must send bank details and i did that,so i want advice on what to do because am afraid that they may access my account,please

  • Daniel7 25 Oct 2012, 08:49 AM

    Hi I also received th sms on 23/10/2012 n thy said I must call ths number 0817676658 n speak to Isaac to activate my pin NK22 n when I called he Said I mst cal after 5 minutes n I did n said I won n how do I wnt my money to b transfered via bank or post n I said bank n he said I must buy a 180 mtn voucher n send it wth my name n account number n th pin n serial numbers of th voucher n th pin of th promotion n I did tht n then th following day while I'm waiting 4 the payments n so excited I received another sms saying I now hv to cal Mr Smith who is the Rica bank manager on ths number0786036392 n I hv to pay R2750 so tht the money can b transfered into my account thts when I started saying wow really when I jst won thn y must I send money n I called n a female answered n told me she is th Secretary of Mr smith n she spoke my language n I couldn't here her correctly cos their phones doesn't sound clearly when u speak to thm n she dropped th call thn after sum tym I called again n it ws tht Mr smith now n his accent sound Nigerian n told me tht I hv to do tht last payment so that th money cn b transfered tht same day n just told him thts fyn n I'm still surprised cos th woman talks a pure sepedi n I nvr spoke to thm bt I lost my airtime ups n guy jst watch out n thks for th warnings

  • Jaco29 24 Oct 2012, 09:37 AM

    I received this msg today (24/10/2012) : Congratulations!you have won a guaranteed sum of R250,000 in the Coca-cola(uk) yearly draw!REF# ED20.Please contact : (021)823-9617 for claims.

  • petronella jacobs 18 Oct 2012, 06:14 PM

    hi I also recieved that massage and something has to be done about this people

  • Mohamed2 17 Oct 2012, 11:47 AM

    Hi I also received this msg 17/10/12 Congratulations! you have won R95,000 in Rica promotion , Ticket . on MP26 , CONTACT Mr herry on 0717729073 from 8am to 5pm.

  • prosper 16 Oct 2012, 07:17 AM

    well this ricca yearly promotion is going on people . today 16 /10/12 i also got a Mr Benson on number 0761265784 sms to me saying i won 195 000rands and a laptop. i am to call him on 0765239044 for claims Reff :(01CP35).

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