Women launch NPO to fight social media scams

2018-01-24 06:01
Sky Louise Heyns, CEO and founder of Sky Women NPO.   Photo:SUPPLIED

Sky Louise Heyns, CEO and founder of Sky Women NPO. Photo:SUPPLIED

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A GROUP of women who fell victim to scams on social media have come together to form Sky Women NPO, a non-profit corporation (NPC) that is aimed at offering unique service and support to fellow scam victims, both men and women, on online platforms.

Sky Women acts as a one-stop helpline and information and support centre to scam victims not only in South Africa but also internationally.

“Our focus is to educate the community and help scam victims to get back on their feet and to provide them with proper support through the help of a psychologist and an investigating team,” said Sky Louise Heyns, CEO and founder of Sky Women NPO.

“The company’s aim is to take action against the 419 scams on social media platforms and, thus, protect its potential victims by creating public awareness through its 419 Scam Awareness campaigns.”

Sky Women intends to work via social media and mainstream media, including radio stations, magazines, newspapers and national TV.

Its core aim is to identify victims of fraud, intervene and protect them from further victimisation, inform local authorities and agencies in assisting scam victims, and influence local, regional and national authorities to foil scams.

Sky Women will offer scam awareness presentations at schools, talk shows and present a series of television programmes to inform the public about the danger of the scams and the supportive role that Sky Women NPO will play to assist victims in South Africa.

“Since Sky Women is a non-profit company and has been formed in direct response to the increasing number of scam victims in South Africa, we encourage all institutions to participate in the fight against scamming. This will enable the company to establish a national information and support centre for scam victims in South Africa,” Heyns said.

She was inspired to start the NPO after she fell victim to a social media scam herself.

“Sky Women is more than just a vehicle to helping others and decreasing the number of scam victims. It is my opportunity to take my bad experience and find a way to give my hurt true meaning.

“Sky Women NPO is a voice for change and, as CEO, I will use it to protect innocent people,” she said.

“Take a stand against scams and cyber fraud in South Africa! Be a scambassador! Sky Women NPO has no tolerance for scams and cyber fraud.”

Though Sky Women will shortly be opening their offices in Cape Town, they offer their services to all scam victims worldwide.

For more info contact them on support@skywomen.co.za or visit the Sky Women NPO Facebook page.

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