Internet scammers using Mandela name

2014-01-03 22:27

Johannesburg - The Africa Rising Foundation warned the public on Friday 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 chair, said in a statement.

"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 on Friday, 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 e-mail to a specific address to request membership forms in order to join the foundation.

"This is not Ndaba's genuine e-mail address. A notification and form is then sent from the fake e-mail account, requesting that money be deposited at specific supermarkets," the foundation said.

The people behind the scam then requested that a deposit code be e-mailed to them.

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

  • Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-03 22:40

    LOok no further than the AnC... Or one of its members

      Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 07:34

      Ol' tef. Giving yourself a thumb up. Good for you!! eish........

      Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-04 08:29

      Lol @ Leonard... The chickens and cattle would probably to a better job at running the country!

  • Purelaise - 2014-01-03 22:40

    Other people using the Mandela name falsely are politicians who claim they are trying to carry on what he created and fought for. The truth is what this man did in the wake of the conditions he suffered for so many years are incomprehensible by the very people who use his name to gain votes.

      Attie Tredoux - 2014-01-04 07:13

      the parANCites wil do anything to score from Madiba's legacy

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-03 22:43

    OLD news.

  • Caroline Thato - 2014-01-03 22:46

    leave mandela's alone...

      Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 07:36

      Only with pleasure!!!! To big for their shoes

  • Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-03 22:48

    ....The Africa Rising Foundation.....that's when I stopped reading any further....

      Pete Mears - 2014-01-04 01:36

      reminds me of that African Renaissance thing...

      optic.furnace - 2014-01-04 04:33

      An organization that receives money yet contributes nothing

  • Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-03 23:05

    "'The Africa Rising Foundation''....ok....

  • grant.wright.18 - 2014-01-04 00:01

    Dog eat dog in Africa..... One terrorist funding another terrorist.... What goes around comes around

      Dennis Comninos - 2014-01-04 05:41


  • ResidentFaker - 2014-01-04 00:18 this the same news as "Mandela scammers using Internet name "

  • Danie Baard - 2014-01-04 01:44

    Further warning: Zuma also using his name.

  • Carol Schoeman - 2014-01-04 01:45


  • Fannie Mashilo - 2014-01-04 02:55

    Since he's departure I won't buy anything bearing his name,the only thing that I can do is to contribute to his. Charity.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-01-04 08:13

      Fannie I am with you there. Only give direct to the needy, never through an organization, as they milk off the majority of funds for "expenses".

  • Kgosi Motleleng Mosana - 2014-01-04 03:31

    'The Africa Rising Foundation' what's that? Is it a scam ? How many foundations are we going to have ?

      Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 07:37

      Foundations?? Quite a lot at nkandlagate!

  • Danie Baard - 2014-01-04 04:34

    Further warning: Zuma is also using his name.

  • Doug Bururu - 2014-01-04 05:25

    It's original, only that it's a splinter group that failed to get a fair share from the other original group/// Brace for court action!!

  • Nghamula Mdunwazi - 2014-01-04 05:59

    South african are not good in scamming but foreghners like nigerins becarefull

      Abe Sunday - 2014-01-04 06:23

      As you are,are u saying u neva lie(scam) some1?may God jugde u accordinly.

  • Desmond Drake - 2014-01-04 06:12

    The use of Ndaba's name is sensless as it would put off donars

  • Nteboheng Mofephe - 2014-01-04 06:59

    here we go again!this has nothing to do with South africans bt Nigerians,realy these ppl must go bck home.Emeka,Uche,Egbu,Femi,Imo u name them..let them go maan we dnt need them here anymore

      Abe Sunday - 2014-01-04 09:32

      you just mention d name of yr colleague at work,anyway u cn neva trust sa men.

      Nteboheng Mofephe - 2014-01-04 12:01

      dnt care who says what,Nigerians have now ova stayed their welcome in godoooo my friendooooo hahahaha we dnt have such accent in our country.Go back Go!

      Vincent Odezugo - 2014-01-04 15:44

      And you, what are your efforts to make SA better? Only showing your xenophobic attitude. Think of hw to Create more job opportunities to lessen; house breaking, shoplifting,rape and other crimes that happens in your back yard every 2mins.

  • Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 07:51

    The ancESTORS has spoken.

  • Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto - 2014-01-04 08:23

    Ngalamakwirikwiri ke la mabagoduke zizinja ezi, zize nemikhuba apha yarrr

  • Amanda Stone - 2014-01-04 08:39

    @ Calvin Kelvins - brilliant reply! Your grandmother was an amazing woman to get you through all that. I take my hat off to her. Kudos to you and your siblings too for pushing through the conditions you lived in and getting somewhere better in life. You're a true inspiration to others.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 12:13

      AMANDA: B B Brains

  • Sabelo Sabz Hlubelikhulu Mcondobi - 2014-01-04 08:46

    Cannot say I am surprized that the scammers are now gunning for the scamming in the name of the late President, certain elements within the Mandela family has demostrated the self centredness I've never experience before. That of showing passionate interest in mandelas inheritance. That was low of individuals belonging to a person of Mandelas stature and we will always condemn it with strongest possible terms.

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-01-04 08:50

    Due to the misuse and disuse of the Mandela name by the ANC. Infighting of the mandela clan and just been gatvol,,,I personally will not support anything associated to Mandela name....

      Rocky Bell - 2014-01-04 09:22

      ........never have!!

  • Munjongo Jump The-Bullet - 2014-01-04 09:04

    Unemployment rate is too high, let them do something to put food on their table.

  • Reetseng George - 2014-01-04 09:50

    We as SA no good on doing something like that, but people who capable of doing such....** they know themself and stop please or else go back to your workstation (country).

  • Louis - 2014-01-04 10:27

    You mean to say Zuma now does internet scamming as well?

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