RICA competition scam

I received an SMS stating that I had won R950,000.00 plus HP Laptop in the RICA Yearly Promo and to contact 078 873 4550 to claim my prize.  I called the number and spoke to a woman who requested that I SMS her my full name and address so that a cheque could be couriered to me as i did not want to give her my banking details.  I thereafter received an SMS from 074 167 5894 requesting me to purchase airtime of R180.00 (x2) for the activation/registration of my reference and then to fax the voucher/pin numbers to 086 216 9588.  Do these people really think we are so stupid!

Report ID: 3770
Crime Category: Other
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: N/A
Address: N/A
Crime Date/Time: 7 May 2013, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Username3770
Reported Date: 8 May 2013, 12:05 PM
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  • FISTON 8 May 2015, 04:44 PM


  • SARAH19 12 Mar 2014, 05:29 PM

    I have received a smsthat reads like this:-)You have won R195,000.00 on Omo washing powder promoref no OM22 for claim callcustomer care on 0813265448 toactive no

  • to clever 10 Mar 2014, 08:30 AM

    Congratulation Your cell No have won you R495,000 in Rica promotion, Ref/No (uk,p24,S/A) to Claim your prize, call Miss N.lindiwe on 0710665306. for activation

  • cwise 6 Feb 2014, 11:02 AM

    Congratulations!!YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON R350,000,00 IN RICA 2014 ALL NETWORKS,REF NO:(RIC 10203 SA)CALL MR RICHARD ON(0847546630 FOR YOUR CLAIM. well sadly there are people who fall for this crap anything with a normal cellphone number is fake such a competition is held by a automated computer with a different number

  • Noxolo dunjwa 13 Jan 2014, 03:05 PM

    Your winning prize R250,000 has been approved for payment with REF NO. RSAP013. For claim call ms KHAYA on 0788119872, info@finance-office.tk T&C Apply. RICA

  • Zeldene Frolick 29 Nov 2013, 12:08 PM

    I also just received an sms: Congratulations from RICA. you have won R196.000 & HP Laptop in our RICA PROMO, AMC COMPANY REF NO Z71CC Call MRS. CAROLINE on 078 3169 605....., I mean really now, this sucks! Something, somewhere, somehow needs to be done about these sick people.

  • Barbara 3 21 Nov 2013, 12:02 PM

    i constantly receive messages of winning thousands of rands for competitions I did not enter. This time I am to phone 07285185368 but message comes from 0728448862.

  • Liza4 7 Nov 2013, 01:56 PM

    I just received this sms: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... Realy getting old now, how people still fall for this is beond me!

  • justin xantho 30 Oct 2013, 12:49 PM

    Got this aminute ago CONGRATULATIONS your cell number was randomly selected on rica promo u won R195,000.ref no NK22.for claims call ISAAC on 0813265448 to activate ur ref

  • Jo3 18 Oct 2013, 03:58 PM

    Suppose it would be nice for crime stoppers to get a list of Rica'd numbers or e-mail address's or even have ppl register for it to send sms's or e-mails to everyone in South Africa on updates of the crimes we must be aware of. This would really help, especially for those who don't have this website or have internet. I also got the message.. Congratulation! Your sim card has won R400, 000, in our RICA YEARLY PROMO, ticket no DF6621, for activation and claim call FRANK NELSON on 0744942054

  • Annette6 19 Sep 2013, 03:36 PM

    I received an sms on 18/09/2013 saying CONGRATULATIONS your mobile has won R450 000.00 in RICA 2013 mobile promo. Call claims 0719495662. I wonder if this scam is being monitored and when these culprits are going to be caught!

  • Thuba 18 Sep 2013, 06:46 PM

    I've recieved the same sms. This is really annoying. How do we go about in trying to stop these people. I hate to say this but the guy ('Ronnie' 0610064842) i called sounded Nigerian.

  • FREDA3 17 Sep 2013, 10:15 AM


  • Jana 1 Sep 2013, 01:57 PM

    Rica:-) Your Mobile No Has Won R500,000 in Rica Mobile Promotions with Ref no:R02013, email:jeffmtin@gmail.com, contact: Jeff Martins on: 0719431908 to claim - so sick of getting these! It has been going on too long, something needs to be done. It is a shame that there are still people who fall for this and lose money to these scammers!

  • Francois26 29 Aug 2013, 12:38 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS. YOUR CELL NO WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED ON RICA PROMOTION. YOU WON R95000. TICKET NO 0166P. CAL MR CLARK ON 0718267185 TO CLAIM. Please police. phone this guy. find him. arrest him for fraud.

  • andre32 29 Aug 2013, 07:20 AM


  • mitch 28 Aug 2013, 04:03 PM

    Congrats!Your cell phone No has won R250,000 and HP laptop on this YEAR RICA PROMOTION, with ticket no 1325p: call 0614334637 to activate and claim, from 8am - 5pm

  • Username5951 27 Aug 2013, 01:07 PM

    Congratulations!! Your mobile number won R175, 000 in our Rica global promotions, with Ref. no: 019NYP, to claim your prize contact Mrs. M. Grace on: 0739193109 RICA AWARD! You have successfully registered for RICA & Your SIM has won R500,000 from RICA with Ref NO:(SA02UK) Please call 0614072286 for Activation & Claim.

  • cindy5 21 Aug 2013, 11:21 AM

    Wow just received the sms.Spoke to a black lady Busi.Congratulations!You have won a Guaranteed sum of R250 from Rica Yearly Promotion with REfSA13 call Busi on 021 8391867 to clain your prize/pkoffice@qq.com sent from the cellphone number0767181294

  • J6 21 Aug 2013, 08:03 AM


  • Iain 21 Aug 2013, 07:55 AM

    Got this SMS from 27795499436 this morning. Congratulations !! Your Mobile number has won R250,000 in the 2013 RICA Promotion, ref no 0029rsa. For claims contact Zandile Willams on tel: 0833167405.

  • msn 20 Aug 2013, 08:24 AM

    hi george moore u have won n boobie trap n a dirty panty for ur mom from the farm u came from competion contact youre father an tel him u r the biggest mistake in ur life

  • Phil5 16 Aug 2013, 10:17 AM

    The same here, "Just received this sms. Thank you for staying with RICA! Your cell number has won you R250,000. Sponsored by NOKIA. 0110571674 Email:ricacompetition@safrica.com" is there a way to stop these MONSTERS!!!!!!!!

  • Susan10 13 Aug 2013, 07:26 AM

    Just received this sms. Thank you for staying with RICA! Your cell number has won you R250,000. Sponsored by NOKIA. 0110571674 Email:ricacompetition@safrica.com

  • Randy 12 Aug 2013, 02:28 PM

    I received a message now saying that I have won R250 000 in the 2013 RICA promotion, ref no 0029rsa. For claims contact Zandile Williams on tel 0833167405

  • Akhona6 12 Aug 2013, 09:13 AM

    Just receive the same sms from these nr 021 839 1867 call Sibongile to claim R350 000 mxim bored!

  • Yv 12 Aug 2013, 07:52 AM

    Received sms this morning stating that i have won R250000 on the 2013 RICA promotion with ref number 0199k. Call this number for your cash prize 0719476485

  • Tina3 8 Aug 2013, 01:43 PM


  • marius11 8 Aug 2013, 11:36 AM

    your cell number has won R250,000 sponsored by Nokia from ricacompetition@safrica.com 011 057 1674 079 531 2072 what a load of CROCK...........

  • marty 6 Aug 2013, 02:32 PM

    Congratulations! from RICA you have won R196,000 & HP Laptop in our RICA promo ref no Z71cc Call Mrs Caroline on 0783169605 for ref activation & claim Thank you ... Sent from 0792234584 Oh wooopeee i'm kinda rich ... NOT :( We all went through a lot of trouble to get all our stuff RICA'd and these people can do it with a snap of the finger, wonder how and why....

  • dudu5 6 Aug 2013, 06:11 AM

    Every month I get an sms from these pple telling me how I have won R300000 plus a laptop, I must call 0795451632 or 0611613271 to get activation,I'm tired of this scams some of dream of winning some money ,its not nice to wakeup in the morning reading a good sms that could fix all ur money problems only to find out its a scam

  • ANNA19 2 Aug 2013, 11:51 AM

    Received ans sm from 27822025145 usual congrats 'rubbish' rica online Bonanza .you have won R350,000 ref number blah blah call claim agent 27611361421 . .PLEASE SOME ON E INVESTIGATE THESE SCAMS!!!?????

  • Winston 2 Aug 2013, 09:33 AM

    Received an SMS this morning from Lerato 0723238485 saying that I won R175000-00 and a laptop in the RICA yearly promotion competition....I did not call her but sent an SMS stating that I will not be providing any banking details and that the prizes should be sent to my home address. These people think everyone in South Africa are STUPID.

  • Constance3 2 Aug 2013, 08:02 AM

    i received two sms in one day, the one saying i have won 250 000 and HP laptop with a ref number and that i must call mrs Jane, the other saying that i have won 450 000 in the rica competition. These people wont give up because they do not get caught. i thought registering cellphone numbers would be much easier to trace back those sms but it seems not,

  • babalwa5 2 Aug 2013, 07:06 AM

    I also received this message this morning:Congratulations!!! Your sim card has won you R200 000 in all Rica network 2012/2013 award with Ref no NPK 1416 contact 0810988504 activation and claims.

  • Paula 1 Aug 2013, 08:00 PM

    Also got sms. But I was stupid and gave my account number. Can they access my account somehow? Stupid........

  • Charmaine Thome 1 Aug 2013, 11:28 AM

    My son got so excited same RICA Scam, called mobile number 0719038665, then asked for land line where they tried to convince me further which was 021 8393145. again asking for banking details. address etc.

  • Rose Price 31 Jul 2013, 11:10 AM

    I have just received an sms saying that I have won R275,000 in the RICA SA 2013 competition and to phone Margaret Van Der Merwe 0723659483. Can't something be done about these people.

  • Zena Swanepoel 31 Jul 2013, 10:21 AM

    I received an sms to say i had won R200 000.00 from RICO YEARLY PROMOTION. Ref (UK11P) and i must contact 0789202526 to claim my prize. I will not contact these people. Like someone also said, how stupid do these people think we are. I really hope more exposure is given to the culprits. Arrest them.

  • jEANETTE7 29 Jul 2013, 01:11 PM

    I received a sms on Saturday saying I have won R95,000.00 in promo. I actually phoned them on 0810666342, spoke to Sandra Atkins. She said I won on Ref. RICA 265. I told her I did not enter any competitions and this was a scam! She wanted me to sms my bank details to her. The damn cheek !!

  • jj5 26 Jul 2013, 03:20 PM

    I received an SMS from 079 824 2356 which said CONGRATULATIONS!YOUR MOBILE NO.WON R950,000.00 IN RICA AWARD DRAW.CALL SANDRA ATKINS ON:0604562511 WITH YOUR REF#:RICA265 & ACTIVATE

  • jj5 26 Jul 2013, 03:17 PM


  • gerrit 4 26 Jul 2013, 11:50 AM

    i received a sms from Frank Nelson cell no 074 494 2054 ticket no DF6621 winning R200 000-00 in the Rica yearly program. guess what i have to buy R250 Vodacom airtime and sms the pin and serial to the cell no.

  • Robert11 26 Jul 2013, 10:05 AM

    Rica scam phone 0604562511 Talk to Sandra Atkins Please how can we get rid of these scamsters this is the 2nd time

  • kagisho 26 Jul 2013, 08:41 AM

    I received an SMS... RICA: you have won R225000 in rica yearly promotion, your ref no: 019NP, contact the agent mr Adam on 083 735 1779 for your prize. "This people think we are stupid to fall for their childish tricks, they should be traced and get arrested for fraud we sick and tired of them."

  • LIivo 23 Jul 2013, 02:07 PM

    Got an sms yesterday stating: "Congradulations, Your Cell No Have won R450,000.00 Plus HP LAPTOP in RICA 2013 Promotions,REF NO: EO19/224P. Call 0787232059 or Email Claim_ricapro@live.co.uk.

  • Suzette7 19 Jul 2013, 09:08 AM

    Rica scam obviously ongoing, received my message a few seconds ago. Congrats, you won guaranteed amount of R250 000 in Rica yearly promotion. should this not be reported somewhere to someone who can stop these people before some unsuspecting person gets into serious trouble?

  • VICTOR14 17 Jul 2013, 10:08 PM

    RICA management hope they read those messages because these dirty people using your company name .DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY

  • VICTOR14 17 Jul 2013, 10:05 PM

    ye i recieved same message as above people won R200.000 REFERNCE number and landline tocal 0110711924 i did call using public phone tthey told me to call them after 5minutes because the guy Paul Greene is not in ......really where is this world going now lots of scams

  • Anga 17 Jul 2013, 04:03 PM

    Today I received this massage: Congratulation your mobile number has been awarded R195,000 in RICA YEARLY promotion Ref no:0166. Call 0781590429. I didnt phone this number yet, but I felt I should just report it.

  • Nadia13 9 Jul 2013, 09:16 AM

    Good Day - I just received an sms : Congratulation! You won a Guaranteed sum of R250 000.00 from RICA yearly Promotion with Ref SA13 call Busi on 021 839 1867 to claim your prize / pkoffice@qq.com - This was send from a cellphone number 072 627 2303 - When I called Busdi answered and said that the winnings gets paid from an UK account and that I will have to buy R110 airtime to have my prize activated - This only happens if you choose the cheque option!!!! Amazing that nothing happens to people like this who rob other people in daylight!!!!!!!

  • zodwa3 8 Jul 2013, 09:20 AM

    i received the sms yesterday and they told me i have won 950 000 and HP laptop,i must call 083 536 9148 ...and when i called they ask for my cell number or ref number, what a scam , i wish they can be caught really before people loose their money which they work hard for.

  • Nonkululeko4 5 Jul 2013, 10:43 AM

    I received this sms this morning WELCOME TO RICA 2013 PROMOTION; YOUR CELL NUM HAS JUST WON U R250.000 WITH REF NO 0166R TO CLAIM YOUR PRICE CALL MRS K. MOROKA TO THIS NO:0839264483 THANK U. We must teach people about things like this

  • Lottie Brink 1 Jul 2013, 10:39 AM

    ..... And I have won R 450,000 !!!! Message sent by Sharon cell no. 0740228125. I also refused to give my bank details and said I wanted to have the checque delivered. This morning a message came from Wendy cell 083 3607744. the cqhecque was ready and I have to pay R 1,950 for it to be delivered to my house. I said I will pick it up myself and got the following address: 4 Voortrekker Road in Athlone, Cape Town. An appointment will be made for me to pick it up. AAIISSHHH How many people were caught by this scam ?? How can they not be reported somewhere ?

  • Thembi12 21 Jun 2013, 11:45 AM

    I received an sms this morning informing me of winning a R250 000 and and a Laptop in the Rica yearly promotion and was asked to call Nelson on 079 25 5180 and when I call to find out what was happening ,I was asked my reference number and told to call back after 5 Min to confirm.I did not bother calling back. People be careful, people can do anything for money.

  • Ilze Strohmenger 12 Jun 2013, 01:54 PM

    I received an sms this morning stating my cell phone won R950.000 in the rica 2013 compitition.I must phone Elizabeth Potgieter on 0723659483. i tried phoning but the number was busy.I know it is a scam, so I searched the internet for rica 2013 compitition, and I came apon this site.now I see how many people are scamed daily. Those people should be ashamed.

  • Robertta 7 Jun 2013, 06:54 PM

    I received an SMS which said CONGRATULATIONS!YOUR CELL NO.WON R950,000.00 IN RICA AWARD DRAW.CALL SANDRA ATKINS ON:0604562511 WITH YOUR REF#:RICA265 & ACTIVATE FOR CLAIMS, I called the number and they asked for my REF NO, and I gave them and then they assked me to phone after 5 minutes so I did I asked this women a couple of question about how they got my number and what assurance do I have that this is not a scam this women actually convinced me that this is not a joke and then she aasked 4 my baking details and inorder for me to receive this money I had to recharge with R256x2.. How do these people get your number?? So many people would do anything for money

  • Celeste7 31 May 2013, 07:01 AM

    I received a message at 05.24 this morning. RICA: you have won R196,000 in Rica promotion, your ref/no:019nkp contact the agent mr Fred on 0788113635 for your prize. Knowing it might be a scam I called from a land line. I was asked for my ref no and then told to call back in 5 minutes. How do these people get your information.

  • Margaret Bewsher 23 May 2013, 09:50 AM

    Also received an sms saying that I had won R175000 in the Rica global promotions with ref n0 019NYP and that I was to call cellphone no 0737397766. Phoned that no but no answer. Could not leave a message however as I wanted to tell them that I was going to report them to crimestop!

  • Carole 13 May 2013, 08:29 AM

    I received this same SMS this morning. The cell number to call is 078 873 4550. Some people will be so desperate that they will part with their money. It is a cruel scam.

  • buhle3 9 May 2013, 07:17 AM

    Got this sms right now...CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR SIM CARD HAS WON YOU R555,000 IN ALL RICA YEARLY PROMOTION WITH REF. NO.UK23 CONTACT AGENT MARK ON. O743O22349 FOR ACTIVATION & CLAIM I really don't understand y people are so heartless not knowing how a person really needs that money and could do anything for it! If it wasn't for enternet I would have called already. Thank God for my curiousity to check 1st!

  • Pauline Smith 8 May 2013, 02:19 PM

    Once again the scam is all over again and again. You've won money and need to pay money to get your cheque delivered. Why are these people not stopped, traced or caught. Not only are they frauding so many people out of money, but constantly sending msg. of this nature to one's phone. This one is from a Mr. Robert Adams on 021 8392061 and the "agent" with no name, cell no. 0735896232, should be traced as they are involved in illegal activities.

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