Received a sms (on 30/07/2013)saying I won R350 000 in OMO 2013 PROMO Ref OMO960SA and I must call the claim center on (021 927 0835). Had to buy airtime to authenticate my reference number. They said they needed R 2 550 to do an EFT or R 2 850 to have DHL deliver an approved check. I told them I would pay R500 and the rest when I have the money. Gave them an empty bank account number into which they must pay the money.

The account was credited with a check payment of R350 000. Naturally that seemed legit, so I payed the rest. They called me throughout the day (for 3 days : 30/07/2013 - 01/08/2013)) to check details and receipts and stuff. Then they said they need R14 000 to get the security code from the reserve bank so that I can access the money (on 01/08/2013). I slammed on the brakes there.

Phoned the Reserve Bank myself and Googled the phone numbers they were using, and saw that there are adds on Gumtree with the same numbers - hiring cars/taxis/drivers, movers, travel agents, etc. Also obviously this site (report-a-crime) in RICA scams and annual competitions.

They seem to have gotten a bit smarter - so beware of the folowing:
   Mrs. Rose (079 688 5779)
   Phone numbers: 021 827 1306; 021 927 0835;
   Fax numbers: 086 667 3362 (for proof of payment)
   Banking details of: Receiving agent acc. for Mr L Mpini - Absa account         number 928 577 6904 -        they had other banks and account numbers   too

Report ID: 4190
Crime Category: Fraud
Province: Western Cape
City/Town: Mossel Bay
Suburb: Ruiterbos
Address: Telephonic & SMS
Crime Date/Time: 30 Jul 2013, 00:07 AM
Reported By: Username4190
Reported Date: 1 Aug 2013, 11:08 AM
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  • Mandy23 10 Apr 2014, 11:02 AM

    Got an sms today with exactly the same ref no. OMO960SA (secret number)

  • sthembile3 1 Apr 2014, 09:59 AM

    i just got a sms saying i won R195.000 and i need to call back the following number 0734368793 and i did call the number and a guy with a nigerian voice said i am call back in 5 mins time he has to verify my cell number and ref number. please omo try to find and arrest this guys

  • tanya 19 Mar 2014, 08:31 PM

    Got same sms today. Great prize! You have won R350,000.00 from OMO washing powder promo. Ref No:OMO960SA. Call claim center on 0218271306, for your activation & claim.

  • marc c 6 Feb 2014, 12:31 PM

    I checked my routers SMS's (Vodacom) and got the following Great Prize! you have won R350,000.00 from OMO washing powder Promo. Ref No(960SA). Call claim center on (0218271306), for your claim. Visit thing is i did enter a competition on Facebook (those comps flying around) but googled the number and i got here) Also i see ppl got the same reference number as i did.. lol

  • mary24 24 Jan 2014, 02:08 PM

    "Great prize! You have won R350,000 from OMO washing powder promo. Ref No: (960SA). Call claim center on (0218271306), for your claim, i called and they asked for ormally sms bank details to deposit and i said they must deliver, to my work address, i didnt know its a scam cause i normally sms to omo

  • Shalom 21 Jan 2014, 04:57 PM

    I have received an email saying I have won R350 000 from Omo promo, they gave me a ref nr and this nr 0218271306 to claim. When my sister called she was asked to call back after 30minutes. These ppl need to be arrester and rot in HELL.

  • heidi5 21 Jan 2014, 02:17 PM

    hi just received the same sms. called 0218271306 and he asked for my cell number but I refused to give it.He cancelled the call.

  • Emma8 18 Jan 2014, 06:07 AM

    Received an sms this morning(18th January 2014 @ 05:01) "Great prize! You have won R350,000 from OMO washing powder promo. Ref No: (960SA). Call claim center on (0218271306), for your claim. Visit What a load of rubbish

  • Unknown 13 Jan 2014, 07:58 PM

    I also receivd an sms in the early hours of today,13Jan 2014.When i arrived at work I called the 0218236501 spoke to the nicest lady ever by the name of Linda,also asked me to buy airtime of R275 and that i shud sms them back the serial code,she told me they r going to use that airtime money to register the certificate on my name,it ws then I picked it up,that this shud be a scam!Imagine she told me that if this is not true in anyway I can go report the mattter to the police or even the highest cought.Thnx to this side!!

  • willjay 8 Jan 2014, 12:00 PM

    Received a sms this morning stating I have won R250 000 in the omo promo.It gave phone no.details as well as the omo site as reference (OM111SA)&cellno:0835184855

  • Janine14 2 Jan 2014, 12:19 PM

    Congratulation! You have won a great prize of R450 000.00 from OMO YEARLY PROMOTION with ref no: OMO22SA For claim contact Mr Maxwell on 084 034 8170.

  • Jade7 19 Dec 2013, 12:41 PM

    i just received on to call Mr James 0734173731.

  • Michelle52 19 Dec 2013, 11:18 AM

    Same Omo yearly promotion, numbers are 0721525759 or Mr Benson on 0840348170. Seriously, does anyone know how they get hold of our numbers? Are our cellular service providers selling their databases?

  • Thembi13 17 Dec 2013, 09:21 AM

    Another omo promo scam(ref:OM100SA)O735492156.Received 14 minutes ago

  • Reelix 13 Dec 2013, 11:51 AM

    Another OMO Promotion Scam (OM112S) - Mr Williams on 076 4708 488

  • Target 29 Nov 2013, 08:38 AM

    why do people still try and call these numbers back, if you win something they will call you and will definately not requre money to transfer the money to you. lastly you can only win something you enter so you should know which competitions to look out for

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  • wendy10 19 Nov 2013, 10:22 AM

    same here got email congratulations you won R350 000in the OMO RIca 2013 promo but I did not give him any details. This was on the 19 Nov in the morning and I dont want to change my number it is a hassle for me

  • Skido2 15 Nov 2013, 12:21 PM

    Just received one now, and the telephone number they use is 0218395821.

  • Cathy6 15 Nov 2013, 11:44 AM

    Just received the same sms.Also lindo she even congratulated me.didn't ask fo any money I just have to sms my details to a 061 number.Then I googled the phone number and are so glad I was so witty lol.

  • Billy3 11 Nov 2013, 02:48 PM

    just recieved a sms saying i won 295.000.000 hahaha so i googled the number they sent me and WHAM!!! I just realized its a scam!!!!! 0786929053

  • Veronica2 8 Nov 2013, 10:27 AM

    I received an sms this morning (08/11/2013), with the exact same wording as Nkume's. I used my landline to phone the number and spoke to a lady who identified herself as Lindo, when I asked her which competition this was for as I had not entered anything, she said that it was a yearly promotion and not a competition and that they were working with all the cellular networks. She asked me for my ref no and asked me to phone back in 5 minutes once she had verified that this no. is correct. During that time the sms disappeared from my inbox without me deleting it ! I had written the no and ref down before I phoned so I was able to call again. No surprise there was a recorded message stating that I had reached an invalid number.

  • Nkhume 7 Nov 2013, 09:09 AM

    CONGRATULATION'S YOU HAVE WON (R350,000.00) FROM OMO YEARLY PROMOTION.PLEASE CONTACT ON 0218236501 FOR YOUR CLAIM O.Y.P.8AM TO 5PM. How do they access our contacts? There is no way that I win a competition with out joining it...they retarded....stop disclosing our phone numbers PLS...

  • LINDI3 1 Nov 2013, 10:22 AM

    I received an sms 01-October from rica saying that my number has won 250.000 and i must call Jonathan on this numbers 0762046425 and i called the numbers and spoke to this guy.The guy told me to buy 800.00 air time and send my name, ID number and my bank accounts so i did send them, I gave him the the account numbers of an old account ,but afterward i decided to call him as i realized late that this was a scam and told the guy if this is a scam they are in for high jump i could hear that he was afraid and slammed the phone down.And today i received another sms that says i have won 350.000 in the OMO promo and they also sended me ref No OMO051013 and the call claim centre number 0826961508.I think something should be done to this persons otherwise we going to get in trouble.Thanks for the webside.

  • Bridget7 24 Oct 2013, 11:07 AM

    Received sms yesterday, 23 October, for OMO yearly promotion. Got ref no 009KP. Told to call 021 8236501 from 8.00am to 5.00pm Network - 0713054279. I called because I did receive a prize from the real OMO competition on the liquid washing powder. The moment they mentioned a fee, I realised it was not legit.

  • Jaco5 23 Oct 2013, 09:49 AM

    Same omo yearly promotion - ref 009kp and number 0218236501

  • Ingrid9 22 Oct 2013, 11:28 AM

    Same OMO promotion watch for tel 021 823 6501

  • Malik 22 Oct 2013, 10:41 AM

    Got exactly the same message as Ben this morning 22/10/2013 at 1:12am. Same Ref No and contact details as well.

  • Bennie 22 Oct 2013, 09:35 AM

    SMS received 22/10/2013 (00H46): "Congratulations!!You have won the sum of R350,000,00 from the OMO promo. Your number was lucky selected. Your REF NO is ZA13. Call Sherry 0218395821 to claim." Thanks for website.

  • Fozia 17 Oct 2013, 12:05 PM

    I received the same sms a few minutes ago. I have won the sum of R350 000 from the OMO yearly promotion and should call Sherry on 0218395821 to claim my prize....Am so sick and tired of these scams!!I receive one every other day!! our information is not safe!! RICA/FICA whatever, how do these people get our infomation????? I honestly thought with the whole RICA thing it wudve curbed these kinda scams!! Why cant RICA do something abt these scams?? Many erlderly and not so educated people are falling victim to these scams! Enough is enough!! Something needs to be done abt this!!!

  • sharm 16 Oct 2013, 09:16 AM

    i recieved an sms this morning saying i won R295000 from omo washing powder promotion, and i need to call Mr Benson on 0782914340, they also gave me a ref number(omosa).

  • Nhlanhla6 15 Oct 2013, 09:11 AM

    I received one today from OMo saying i have won R200 000 from 0725875907,to claim call 0782656941

  • Carryn 3 Oct 2013, 07:59 PM

    I've just recieved one, from 07606701034. Supposed to call 0729265404, Ref 009KP.

  • Thanusha Moodley 3 Oct 2013, 11:03 AM

    I've also just received an sms from 0765110536 stating that I've won a prize of R350 000 from OMO washing powder promo. Ref No OM147SA. Call claim centre on 021 8366 795.

  • J-Lo 1 Oct 2013, 10:10 AM

    I received it today number is 0218270835 for 350.000.

  • Rose13 17 Sep 2013, 09:07 PM

    Received the same sms from 0765110536. Number to call 0218366795. I net-searched for the competition and came across all your mail.

  • Ronelle 2 4 Sep 2013, 11:12 AM

    Hi, well at least they have changed the nr 0729265404, also receive the a sms this morning.

  • Felly 3 Sep 2013, 01:54 PM

    Good Day i got the same Ref number,Amount and the number on the 28.08.2013.

  • Username4686 2 Sep 2013, 06:28 AM

    Same issue here - all same details, still using mobile number 0790278491

  • Lizaan2 30 Aug 2013, 10:41 AM

    Same here. Got my msg this morning with the exact reference number and cell number as you Annie.

  • Annie27 28 Aug 2013, 06:30 AM

    Also received an SMS at 4:02am this morning. Your Rica Sim have win R350,000.00 in Cash in the OMO 2013 PROMO. Ref no. OMO051013ZA. Call Claim Centre on 0790278491 to claim your prize. Luckily I never fall for these things. It's terrible that the get hold of our cell numbers and use legit companies to defraud honest people. Keep your eyes open everyone.

  • Hennie Jackson 26 Aug 2013, 10:22 AM

    Same here - same ref no. and new cell number to contact 079 027 8491

  • john48 26 Aug 2013, 08:37 AM

    These scams are coming in thick and fast. I the last 7 days I have had at least 4. OMO3913ZA The claim number for this one is 0790278491

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