Dept of Small Business Development warns of fake Facebook account

2016-12-13 13:39
Lindiwe Sisulu (GCIS)

Lindiwe Sisulu (GCIS)

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Johannesburg – The Department of Small Business Development has warned people about a fake Facebook account purporting to be that of Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

“Unscrupulous people are using this fake facebook account to defraud innocent and unsuspecting citizens of their hard-earned cash,” Zulu’s spokesperson Cornelius Monama said in a statement on Tuesday.

Zulu is on Facebook.

Aside from her actual profile which Monama confirmed was hers, there appeared to be two other Facebook profiles under her name.

Monama condemned the existence of false Facebook accounts and the fraudulent use of minister’s name and picture.

“We believe that this and similar accounts were created solely for the purpose of defrauding members of the public,” Monama said.

He said neither Zulu nor the department will ever request “upfront fees” from members of the public in exchange for accessing loans or business support grants.

Anyone who had already fallen victim to the fraudulent activity was asked to approach their nearest police station.

For information about the department’s programmes and funding opportunities, the public is urged to contact the following number 086 184 3384 (select option 2).

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