Internet scam using Mandela name

2014-01-04 09:09

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The Africa Rising Foundation has warned the public about an internet scam that illegally uses the name of former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Ndaba.

“The Africa Rising Foundation does not ask the public for money in lieu of membership fees,” Ndaba Mandela, who is the foundation’s chairman, said in a statement yesterday.

“We appeal to the public not to respond to this scam,” he said.

“If anyone has indeed paid over any money, we ask them to report this to the police. We have also reported the matter to the police and have opened a criminal case.”

The foundation said it became aware of the scam yesterday, after Proudly South African contacted the Nelson Mandela Foundation about the authenticity and suspicious nature of two Facebook pages relating to the membership drive.

It said the scammers were asking people to send an email to a specific address to request membership forms in order to join the foundation.

“This is not Ndaba’s genuine email address. A notification and form is then sent from the fake email account, requesting that money be deposited at specific supermarkets,” the foundation said.

The people behind the scam then requested that a deposit code be emailed to them.

The foundation appealed to the public to come forward with information that could lead to the arrest of the fraudsters.

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