‘Sex party’ ad a scam

2014-08-23 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL men had their sex fantasies dashed when a promised “sex party” advertised on social media allegedly turned out to be a scam.

The advert, which depicts two semi-naked women, was making the rounds on social media this week and publicises a “sex party” to take place at Albert Falls Dam near Pietermaritzburg next Friday night.

It asks people to join a WhatsApp group for further details. Entrance is free for women while men are asked to pay R200.

Further investigations reveal that the cellphone contact displayed on the ­advert belongs to Zethembe Msomi, who rubbished it as a scam.

Recovering from a gunshot wound, he told Weekend Witness he was in no fit state to hold a “sex party”.

“[There is] no sex party. Albert Falls Dam knows nothing of it and [nor] do I. Someone is trying to ruin my name,” Msomi said when approached for ­comment.

“It will look like I’m trying to ruin Albert Falls’ name while I don’t know anything. I’m in a bad situation for now. I can’t even walk until the end of September, so how can I host events like those?”

Msomi said he will meet with his parents and report the matter to the police.

He was wounded in the leg in January.

Msomi was at a loss as to who could have been responsible for tarnishing his name and associating him with the “sex party”.

“Since I came out of hospital in March I’ve never been close to anyone beside my family and my girlfriend, so I don’t really know what I’ve done wrong and why they are doing this to me.”

The WhatsApp group, titled “party animals”, shows shocking pornographic videos and photos. Only males are allowed into the group. The display picture shows a half-naked woman. Pictures of women who have supposedly confirmed the attendance are posted.

The group administrator posted: “We will meet in town, collect R200 and go to the venue together. Don’t force them to have sex with you. We don’t want to hear rape cases. If you don’t behave ­accordingly, we will beat you up.”

Happy Ndlovu, acting marketing manager at Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserves at Albert Falls said, “As Msinsi we wish to state categorically that no such event will be held at Albert Falls Dam. We are a family resort and wish to disassociate ourselves from this advert. ­­

“This is obviously the work of some prankster.”

Attempts to track the “event organiser” were unsuccessful. Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the police will investigate.

SOCIAL media expert Jacqui Macway-Wilson said the nature of the advertisement leads the reader to conclude that the reason the advertisers want to keep details private and conduct further communications via WhatsApp are because it’s a sex party.

“What makes this one most suspicious is that it appears to be a means of luring men into parting with R200 based on the fact that ‘sex sells’,” Macway-Wilson said.

“The owner of the number displayed may or may not be implicated. If he feels he has been wrongfully implicated, he has every right to pursue an investigation and to try to clear his name.”

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