My wife received an sms on her cellphone from a caller claiming to call on behalf of RICASA with the following message:"(RICASA:)CONGRATULATIONS!YOUR MOBILE NUMBER WON R950,000.00 IN OUR YEARLY RICA AWARD DRAW.CALL DANIEL LONGMAN ON:0748256480 WITH YOUR REF NO:RIC/24 FOR CLAIMS."She called this number.Someone else answered confirming the "win" and instructing her to sms her banking details to this number,so that the "win" could be transferred into her account.I smelt a rat,tried to find RICASA on internet,but instead this website with numerous similar reports came up,confirming my suspicion that we had almost become the next "suckers" in this SCAM. 

Report ID: 4184
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Somerset West
Suburb: Heldervue
Address: 0829227966
Crime Date/Time: 31 Jul 2013, 00:07 AM
Reported By: Username4184
Reported Date: 31 Jul 2013, 13:07 PM
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  • Johan44 26 Aug 2015, 12:58 PM

    Received Ricasa sms this morning at 05:20 informing me of a R 450000.00 draw.

  • Ben5 19 Nov 2014, 10:28 AM

    19 November and they are at it again - now the phone number to call is 0607114256 and the reference number SW05

  • stoffel2 26 Aug 2014, 10:14 AM

    received the same message, won 500 000.ref.Z166P now they want my name and address, the cell no. IS 0604352544. SEEMS THEY CHANGE THE NUMBER EVERYTIME.

  • Onica 1 Jul 2014, 09:23 AM

    Congratulations!! your rica simcard won you R450,000 in Rica yearly promo 2014. Call 0607114256 for claims with REF/NR/SWO5. Mon-Fri,8am-5pm. Sat 8am-1pm

  • Elzabe3 4 Jun 2014, 10:11 AM

    I have received the sms and "won" R450,000. then I must buy R30 MTN cell voucher at Checkers and sms the pin to them with name, surname and adres and ref no to receive my cheque via post. Haha. Can you believe this people. The address they give up is 101 Longstreet Cape Town.

  • Elke Schmitz 20 Feb 2014, 09:04 AM

    received message from 0792272033 that I have won 250.000 Rand to phone 0734196124 date 20/2/2014 at plus/minus 09.10 am

  • Gordon Spencer Baitsile 12 Feb 2014, 03:22 PM

    Hi I got the text message on my phone. I called them immediately. They asked me if I want the money deposited on my bank account or rather have a cheque. My sixth sense said cheque. But they still asked for my home address, email,occupation and identity number... of which I sent by text from my phone. After a while I received a text to phone another number. The lady that answered said she is Yvonne Diepenaar and currently offline. She asked for my name and said she will come back to me. Would they still steal from me with Id and name only? Am worried now. I never gave them my banking details though. These people can get us off guard because really these are tough times

  • Laura Callaghan 10 Feb 2014, 01:13 PM

    Hi I have just received the same message - why can't they stop this guy if he keeps sending these messages??

  • arab 15 Jan 2014, 08:07 PM

    Guys, I won so many times, I must be a billionaire lol. Just stick to the rule people, we don't give out our personal details over the fone, especially not our banking details !!!

  • Ernest Mabe 29 Nov 2013, 09:13 AM

    i also recieved this massage from RICA.SA says congratulation!Your Cell Number Has Won you R450,000.00 In Rica Promotion,With Ref No.E019.Contact Mr Eric Anderson-0844143289

  • WG Jansen van Vuren 22 Nov 2013, 09:26 AM

    I have received a sms as well. " CONGRATULATION'S you have won R250,000.00 in RICA yearly promotion. Your ref no- AK116N. Please contact our agent via 0848755149. To activate your RICA ref no.

  • irene9 15 Nov 2013, 07:40 AM

    I have receive 6 so far, they ask can we mut it your bank account or send u a cheq, I told them send me the cheq, they told me to sms them my banking details, I didn't, bcos I knew its a scam, ppl be carefull pls.

  • ron4 13 Nov 2013, 01:46 PM

    I also received one in the morning and I first spoke to a Nigerian guy I received another one and I spoke to a white lady called Leoni I must first pay 1850 before getting the 7500000 what a joke

  • Lelani2 11 Nov 2013, 09:18 AM

    I received an sms this morning stating: YOUR CHEQUE OF R450 000 IS READY. REF NO VPN229 FROM RICASA. TO CLAIM CONTACT CLAIM CENTER ON 0840112229 FROM 9AM-5PM FOR MORE INFO, T&C'S APPLY.

  • Melonie2 11 Nov 2013, 08:28 AM

    I too received a sms telling me I have won R450,000-00 in the Rica draw. Sometimes one is so desperate and would like to believe its true. Damn frauds.

  • Marlene 1 Nov 2013, 09:20 AM

    I have also received this sms, and ask them to please send me the cheque.

  • Michelle42 31 Oct 2013, 02:35 PM

    I received this one. RICASA Congratulations Your mobile no was selected in RICA 2013 PROMO You have won R950,000.00 Plus a HP LAPTOP Call 0604242183 for claims with REFS/No R1SACK

  • Rene Parker 31 Oct 2013, 07:31 AM

    Have received at leat 10 of these so far this year. Can you investigate. This is message - THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH RICA! YOUR CELL NUMBER HAS WON YOU R500,000.FROM RICA YEARLY PROMO.TICKET NO DF6621, FOR CLAIM CALL MRS CAROLINE MABASO.0846701435.

  • Isaac13 25 Oct 2013, 12:59 PM

    I too receive these sms's. Thing is, I worked for a network service provider. And with RICA in place these sms's can be tracked. They all originate from a normal number and not a server number. But then our law has no punch against these fraudsters. We will not be able to pursue them if we have not yet fallen victim to them. Basically there is nothing we can do but get caught and then try to ask a service provider's fraud department to assist in finding the one who RICA'd the sim.

  • Pamela7 24 Oct 2013, 02:20 PM

    I have also just received this dumb sms. This ought to stop!

  • Ada3 24 Oct 2013, 07:58 AM

    I have also been a victim of this stupid annoying sms's. Have received 3 in 2 weeks time.

  • kaylin 23 Oct 2013, 09:46 AM

    @dan I'm fairly sure you can reverse bank transfers, especially if its done within 24 hours. Go to your bank and explain your predicament and I'm sure they'll try help you.

  • kaylin 23 Oct 2013, 09:40 AM

    I have received 3 of these messages over the past 2 weeks and I must admit it's extremely annoying. All 3 have been off different numbers, although 2 of them referenced the same person. I find it frustrating and I'm really tempted to phone the number(s) just to tell them where to get off.

  • annonomis 18 Oct 2013, 04:06 PM

    I am stupid, I reacted on a sms that I am the lucky winner of R950000 plus a laptop. I phoned the number (060424183 talked to Nanley)) they asked my bank details which I send. Received another sms to pay R2120 (for cost of transfer but I will receive it back in 5 minutes with the R950000 via internet)and to phone Jessica at 0110794399. I pay(I am stupid) Then received another sms that I have to pay in R9050 to let the federal reserve bank authorise payment as the amount is to big. I phoned Jessica again who tell me that she was only informed about this amount that morning. Stupid as I am I pay it to another account. I received another sms stated to pay R36600 again for the federal reserve bank but now for an anti terrorists certificate. I will receive this also back. I phoned Jessica again and told her this is ridiculous and a SCAM. She confirmed that this is co policy and I will receive the 950000 plus all moneys paid back. I confronted her further and challenge her to proof it is not a SCAM by sorting the issue and pay all the money I pay in back together with the R950000 before a certain time. I am still waiting. Mr STUPID

  • cde Eddie Mfulwane 15 Oct 2013, 02:41 PM

    Dear LUCKY WINNER. your details has been received at our RICA-SA account department. Call 0767474280/ 0110564303 for the payment cost of transfer. Kind Regar Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom - let your email find you!

  • Phindile2 14 Oct 2013, 12:04 PM

    I received this message today says_RICASA CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER WON R455,000.00 IN OUR YEARLY RICA AWARD DRAW.CALL LEBOHANG ON:0781425083 WITH YOUR REF RIA:91SA FOR CLAIM. Can u please find these moronz who r behind this! Plz

  • Cornelia 11 Oct 2013, 09:11 AM

    Received the following message this morning: South Africa RICA act has won you R450,000.00 cash from sim registration call Mrs. Sharon on 0730907890 for payment ref ricasa33v.

  • CT-Constantia 9 Oct 2013, 05:02 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER WON R455000. IN OUR YEARLY RICA AWARD DRAW. CALL LEBOHANG ON 0781425083 WITH YOUR REF RIA:91SA FOR CLAIM This is a SCAM - didn't even bother to phone the number. Not worth wasting my 2c.

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  • Jakol 3 Oct 2013, 08:45 AM

    I received an sms claiming that i have won the R950.000 and i called the number 0604242183 with the REF:R1SACK. The person resposible for answering my call wanted i to provide him with my CELL contacts and i refused and while talking i checked the internet for othentic verification of the RICASA, i established that it is a scam and i told him #KAK# then he hang-up.

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  • F.Walters 1 Oct 2013, 09:31 AM

    Thanks for good work! I, too, received the RICASA R950k won scam sms!! Plus many others of late. Sure SOMETHING can and must be done to arrest these people!

  • Marlene de Jager 27 Sep 2013, 09:05 AM

    I received an SMS this morning stating my cellphone number has won a prize of R550,000 plus an HP laptop, in the RICASA promo. SMS from no. 079 901 9684. Please beware, a scam. The number you have to confirm with is 0604888129. Do not reply to this type of SMS, delete without further ado.

  • Gert14 25 Sep 2013, 08:28 AM

    Ba aware to any sms claiming you have won. According to vodacom customer care, if it is real they will phone you and it will be published at your local Vodacom shop. the cell number currently in use for the scam is 0719495662. I've just received my sms this morning. 25/09/2013

  • Kathy2 19 Sep 2013, 09:13 PM

    I have just received a msg on my cellphone as follows :- Congratulations hour rica sim Card won you R750,000 in Rica yearly promp 2013. Call 060399582 1 for claims with Ref/NoCC04. Mon-Fri.8am-5pm.sat8am-1pm.. Needless to say I did not call and deleted the msg.

  • bolan 30 Aug 2013, 05:03 AM

    Congratulation's, you have won R6,00,000.00 from RICA BONAZA.uR TICKET NO. x81ZA. Contact Mr Hardy on 0782637709 for Ur Payment as from 9am to 5pm from RICA-SA. jokes aside, this guy communicates with me at 4.45am texting me in slang for such an amount when south african blacks own 13 percent of the land. some people never learn

  • maryke3 27 Aug 2013, 07:08 AM

    RICASA-:)Congratulations!!!Your MobileNo Was Selected Randomly In RICA2013PROMO You have Won R250,000*Plus HPLAPTOP Call 0789289671 Forclaims with REF/NO.R04/SA I received this sms this morning 27/08/2013!!

  • sanet3 25 Aug 2013, 09:54 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!YOUR MOBILE NUMBER WON R950,000.00 IN OUR YEARLY RICA AWARD DRAW.CALL DANIEL LONGMAN ON:0748256480 WITH YOUR REF NO:RIC24 FOR CLAIMS. I got the mesg too.....can't they trace this no and sort out these idiots!

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