Finance ministry warns of scams

2012-08-11 14:04

Johannesburg - Fake letters and e-mails appearing to be from government are being used to con South Africans, the finance ministry said on Saturday.

Spokesperson for the ministry Jabulani Sikhakhane said the documents contained logos of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

There had been around 419 of these scams thus far.

"Minister of finance [Pravin Gordhan] has condemned the use of his name and that of the FIC in an attempt to con South Africans to part with their hard-earned money. He urges South Africans to report all suspected scams at the nearest police station," said Sikhakhane.

He said people should know that the FIC never required payment for its services and did not pay out funds.

"South Africans who are forever looking for opportunities for making easy money become easy prey for scams. There is no easy walk to wealth," said Sikhakhane.

The fake e-mail documents usually requested that a person provide their bank account information, credit card numbers, driver's licence number, passport number, information about members and other personal information.

Others attract their victims by saying they had won a prize in a competition they never entered for.

These e-mails may also be personally addressed to the e-mail account user.

The bogus documents can be spotted through spelling errors, inaccurate logos and the prizes mentioned were usually exaggerated, said Sikhakhane.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 14:14

    "There is no easy walk to wealth," unless you're an ANC cadre, of course

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-11 14:24

      Can we report the biggest scam in south africa The GOVERMENT, arrest and lock up thieves. Including the finance department

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-11 15:00

      Ja, interesting now that Pravin's name and FIC logo are being used, they are upset. The amount of money I've qualified for from The United Nations, World Health Organisation, Texas Lottery, HSBC, dead relatives, DHL, Western Union, I could buy the whole of Africa :) What we are not told is *who* we must report these scammers to.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-11 15:15

      Government spokesman: "we are upset that someone other than the ANC is stealing money from the public. We have a mandate to steal all of it".

      Jason - 2012-08-11 16:46

      Report all scams at the Police Station?? Are you joking? I get about 3 emails a day from different scams telling me about this winning number and that SARS pay back etc etc etc. If it were all true i would be one of the richest men in the world. LOL

      gngaleka - 2012-08-11 17:26

      Still alive acrimose

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-12 09:23

      anc dont like competition

  • jacque.fransman - 2012-08-11 14:48

    Can you also report the old Govt LP and FIC that also corrupt and stole from S.A that we never new about an took it out of the Country

  • nathanlodewykntsimane - 2012-08-12 10:02

    Bleeding Nigerians, SA authorities have to find a way of deporting these scums

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