Woman in debt after R50m 'inheritance'

2012-01-24 10:49

George - A supervisor at a potato farm outside George is convinced that she is the lucky recipient of a R50m inheritance.

Rachel van Rooyen, an employee of the Van Greunen farm at Geelhoutboom, was apparently told of the good news via SMS.

“I have contact every Sunday with the people promising the money. They have even visited the farm,” she told reporters on Monday. She did not want to reveal their identities or contact numbers.

Despite indications that it could be scam, Van Rooyen threw a big party to celebrate her 40th birthday in the civic centre on Saturday.

The Van Greunen farm confirmed on Monday that Van Rooyen had worked at the farm for over six years.


According to an owner of a local boutique who wanted to remain anonymous, Van Rooyen’s family travelled from Johannesburg and Cape Town to attend the party.

Two weeks after she was to receive the millions, Van Rooyen now apparently owes several thousands of rands to local beauty parlours, a caterer and a shop renting out wedding and evening wear.

A car dealer in the town confirmed that Van Rooyen had ordered two vehicles but cancelled the order after media enquiries. She would apparently have paid cash.

Van Rooyen had a dress designed for her and hired 11 evening gowns for family members. The dress was paid for but she still owes a lot of money on the hire of the evening dresses, said the shop owner.

A family member apparently got a R20 000 loan to cover a part of the costs.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie cautioned people to be careful.

Police have apparently received numerous complaints from people defrauded after supposedly winning or inheriting money.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-24 10:55

    Dis maar swaar om dom te wees.

      Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 11:55

      Sy is a regte broodkop.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-24 12:06

      Dit klink of jy weet waarvan jy praat. 'n Man met ondervinding.

      Gungets - 2012-01-24 12:36

      Stupid should hurt

      Gary - 2012-01-24 13:12

      Swaar dalk, but what a party that probably was.........

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-24 13:51

      When will people learn that if its too good to be true then it probably is. Like I always ask, do we really have to go out of our way to protect these dumb members of our society or should we just let nature take its course?

      Sharon - 2012-01-24 15:04

      There is no cure for being stupid. If me emails can be believed, I've won the UK lottery about 4 times!!!

      Heinrich - 2012-01-24 15:16

      nee ,geen ondervinding met geld verloor nie. Ek verwys maar net na al die eposse wat ek in my junkbox ignoreer en die paar keer wat daar al "perongeluk" 'n tjek in my rekening inbetaal is en ek "asseblief in kontant moet terug betaal."

      Heinrich - 2012-01-24 15:18

      Inteendeel , ek dink enigeeen wat "pity" het ,het of ondervinding of is van daai tipes wat vergeet om hulle kar se olie en water te kyk vir maande aan een :P

      C'est moi - 2015-03-04 12:41

      Ek het ook so reeks e-mails gekry van die Langenhoven Foundation of iets om te se ek het miljoene geerf - My nooiensvan is Langenhoven en my oupa was Neelsie se half broer - (Selfde pa ander ma) - Dadelik gedelete - Haai se nou maar net my oupa se sagmoedige half broer het vir Rozatjie wel klomp geld gelos - My oorle pa het tog dikwels hy C.J. en Tant Lenie in Arbeidsgenot gekuier - Aan die ander kant Neelsie was ook maar altyd platsak - Hoop ek het wel sy IK ge-erf - Ja, dis soos hulle se - Daar is nie pille vir domheid nie.

  • Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-24 10:57

    Pity how foolish some people are. I have a hundred such SMS's and maybe a thousand emails. This entire planet would belong to me if all were true. Poor gullible sod.

      Grant - 2012-01-24 11:10

      Not the ENTIRE planet. The $100,000 per person I emailed for Bill Gates' word-of-mouth advertising campaign will still be mine! :)

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-24 12:52

      Sorry, I also won that one about 10 times, so we will have to share it 10-1.

  • Leon - 2012-01-24 10:57

    This is what happens when greed meets stupidity...

  • CarlS - 2012-01-24 10:58

    Stupid, stupid, stupid!

      kayceechick - 2012-01-24 11:36

      My mother is a well educated private doctor. She received a similar SMS, and thought, what the hell.. and called, and did some follow up. They really do make it sound so legit. Especially when there are really 'cellphone number' competitions going on. How about the R27 million Vodacom was giving away over December? Its so hard to know when you have really won and when you haven't. Especially if your like me and enter competitions left right and centre. After all, you cant win it, unless your in it...

      Gungets - 2012-01-24 12:38

      Kayceechick - please just send me the money. I will make sure it is properly used. Send the cash to Gungets Tuft, c/o "The Peoples Yacht", Royal Natal Yacht Club, Durban. Simpler, better, faster.

      aardvarkie - 2012-01-24 12:48

      Yeah but Kaycee I bet your mum didn't go on a spending spree before actually getting any money - that's where the stupidity comes in. If it isn't in the bank, it isn't real!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 14:16

      For all those "clever" people: I once asked a group of about twenty men to be honest and own up if they had ever been scammed out of a good chunk of change. Evereone said yes! Con artists get you at your level -you think you will never fall for an email scam, wait till someone offers you the perfect business deal on the golf course, or ...

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 14:18

      PS.. Most had never told their wives.

  • birthwell - 2012-01-24 11:00

    Shame poor woman :(

  • jcadman3 - 2012-01-24 11:02

    I do take pity on her... But it's really silly to spend money you don't have!!!

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-24 11:06

    ha ha ha ha! talk about hook...line..sinker...boat...trailer....jetty....

      Peter - 2012-01-24 11:20

      AND TOYOTA FORTUNER !!!!!!!!

  • kitneyi - 2012-01-24 11:12

    If its too good to be true..... then it is!!! Please people think before you "accept", "like", "pay". I feel sorry for the lady that she is in debt but think a bit people

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-24 11:12

    Talk about castles in the air. I find this story sad and funny at the same time.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-24 11:15

    Eish! Lets hope it was good while it lasted ;)

  • Jan - 2012-01-24 11:18

    Greed and stupidity is a terrible combination destined for misery.

      johangro - 2012-01-24 12:03

      Then explain Zuma...

  • Blip - 2012-01-24 11:21

    "A fool and his money are soon parted." (Old English proverb)

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 11:22

    Poor girl.!!! ..these scumbags need to be hunted down..praying on inocent decent honest people and destroying their lives. Sounds like Nigerians to me!

  • Kobus - 2012-01-24 11:25

    hahahaha, time to smell the coffee!

  • Burton - 2012-01-24 11:29

    Wonder why her first question wasn't who am I inheriting from? Secondly, if a lawyer doesn't call you its a definate hoax. I laughed so hard when I read this I had to read it again. Surely we can't have these kind of idiots in our society! Hahahahahahaha

  • Zion - 2012-01-24 11:29

    Two weeks ago I won one million Rand twice in the same day. An instruction was to phone a given number to arrange for the money to be paid into my banking account. Lekker ne. I prefer to sms the number with the following message: PLEASE F**KOFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE OR THE COPS WILL ALSO HAVE THIS NUMBER. WONDER WHY THEY NEVER PHONE BACK? NOGAL THE BRITISH LOTTERY.

      pasca.motaung - 2012-01-24 12:33

      @Zion, i also won it once last year and early this month, maybe i can get again before the end of this year who knows? guess we have something in common... millionares in pounds nogal!!! lol!!!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-24 13:57

      I called the number once an they said...Alo oo dat?

      Kent - 2012-01-24 15:55

      @ Zion. The number is a British number but you land up in India or Nigeria. Just listen to the accent. The UK is the only country in the world that give UK cell numbers to foreign countries. They are part of the problem then too.

      Wendy - 2012-01-25 09:52

      I too love replying to the sms wth two simple words I wont mention here. Stupid I know, but gee do I feel good about it!!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 11:36

    The worst of this story is that the people around her allowed her to continue spending-even taking loans,so NONE of them were very bright!Its a tough way to learn a lesson!

      Riëtte - 2012-01-24 12:20

      They probably only saw a beeeeg party, why would they care how she pays for it?

      Chille - 2012-01-24 13:11

      Two words... Living will

  • Linda - 2012-01-24 11:36

    I've read the article and all the comments. Yes, she was gullible to believe the scam artists, and yes she was silly to run up all the debt before she had the cash, but come on people. She works on a potato farm. Translation - not highly educated, not highly paid. Sometimes people are blinded by the idea of such a fabulous windfall. Be kind.

      Tulani - 2012-01-24 12:05

      linda my dear common sense sometymz daznt need education n being in an accounting firm, law nor IT jst common sense U DON'T SPEND WHAT U DON'T HAVE.....

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 18:51

      Tulani, if that were true we would not be in a worldwide recession right now.

  • paullombard17 - 2012-01-24 11:37

    mmm...Banana anyone?

  • Aliyah - 2012-01-24 11:41

    Eish how stupid can one be!

      Ally - 2012-01-24 13:00

      Very, very stupid. And her family jumped on the bandwagon too. Surely someone in the family is smart enough to realise it's a scam? However, greed and stupidity know no bounds.

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  • Julie - 2012-01-24 11:42

    I think it was rather stupid to spend the money before receiving it!

      Angela Nell - 2012-01-24 12:06

      I agree... Aren't we are all taught at young age... "don't count your chickens before they're hatched"

  • casabanderas - 2012-01-24 11:44

    A German friend of mine had an email just like this and just for mos phoned the number. She arranged a meeting ....the bad guys were in madrdi. She flew to Madrid to visit her friends, called the cops and then went to the meeting.....hehehe, the Guardia Civil always get there man (Men in this case) Now c'mon why doesn't someone in SA have the balls to do the same?

  • casabanderas - 2012-01-24 11:48

    ...and do you know how much the UN has paid out from secret funds recently? .....and the bankers who have discovered dead accounts worth millions? It is ceaseless but never suspected anyone would be caught. Also beware of thos emeails that you must resubmit your bank detail. Some of these look very convincing. I love the one from ABSA bank. I have never had an acount there.

      Desiree - 2012-01-24 12:25

      @casabanderas, I've got the ABSA one coming through at least twice a week, it's more annoying than anything else and can't believe they still can trick people this wasy to reveal their acc details. Common people use your brain, don't be taken for a ride!

      Chille - 2012-01-24 13:15

      The best thing about this, regardless of what you might type into the fields when you go through with the "log-in" procedure, is your log in always shows up "successful", but then you encounter an error and is asked to go to your nearest branch to sort it out. Well, that's what I've read about these phishing scams. ABSA-less me used to get them as well.

      Owen - 2012-01-24 23:36

      Hi casabanderas, could you please supply more info about the UN secret funds and the discovered dead accounts. Thank you.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-24 11:53

    I've inherited several hundred million dollars (normally about 5 times a month). If it's not in the bank, it doesn't exist. ***shakes head at the stupidity of some people***

  • ingrid.botha - 2012-01-24 11:55

    As jy stupid is om daarvoor te val, na hoeveel waarskuwings, dan moet jy maar sukkel.

  • Jasper - 2012-01-24 11:55

    That's why I believe in "survival of the fittest" - sorry, there's no medication/pills for stupidity!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 18:54

      "Pride comes before a fall"

  • Tulani - 2012-01-24 11:57

    stupid enaf really stupid, excuse ma ligo but really this makes me mad how da hell can u make loan n promise ppl of somethng tha has not even happend yet, regardless if it was a scam or not am pissed off man really pissed off at this.....nxiii

  • Herbert - 2012-01-24 12:00

    Potato Farm you say? Nou is sy so in haar "MOER" in !!!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 18:55

      Now that is funny...

  • SGL - 2012-01-24 12:01

    I have received numerous sms's stating that I've won this or that - I delete them. Vodacom and MTN will NOT send an sms if you really have won a lucky draw etc. They will contact you directly and then there are ways of checking to see that it's all legit! When are people going to learn? Did she know the person who she "inherited" from? Who are the attorneys/bank handling the estate? Check out everything before throwing a party and running up other debts!

  • tbomelamsomi - 2012-01-24 12:03

    Just couldnt wait!

  • Deon - 2012-01-24 12:03

    Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

  • Whitty - 2012-01-24 12:07


  • Eduard - 2012-01-24 12:08

    Can you imagine how gullible people are?

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-24 17:20

      how right u are, will we ever learn?

  • Lizelle - 2012-01-24 12:09

    i agree with Aish, stupid!

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-24 12:10

    Don't count your chickens before they hatch I always say. But yes it is a shame. Can't believe people believe this stupid emails, sms's and so on.

  • Liam - 2012-01-24 12:10

    Oh ofcourse then that Nigerian Prince sms saying that I have won a share in his wealth must be true :).Just send banking details and ID doc and they will get back to me :)Seriously how gullible are some people ?This is Africa

      Candice - 2012-01-24 12:15

      It's like my mom trying to convince me that my Gran is still a virgin.

  • Charmain - 2012-01-24 12:11

    is she fooling herself Sargon I aslo keep getting this crap on my PC should heva been richer than all the arabs

  • Riëtte - 2012-01-24 12:17

    I feel sorry for the poor woman, but has she never heard that you don't count your chickens before they hatch? And besides, who does she know who could have left her so much money, surely if someone leaves a fortune to you it must be someone close to you?

  • godesha - 2012-01-24 12:18

    If something sounds too good to be true, then it often is. How people still fall for these scams in this day and age is beyond me.

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-24 17:25

      you bet

  • guy.mullins1 - 2012-01-24 12:20

    Hey, thats my R50M. Its from an uncle in Nigeria I didnt know I had. I am just waiting for the transfer to take place. I sent them all my bank details and ID and they say it will happen soon. Watch out for scams that promise my money to you. You could be disappointed.

      Liam - 2012-01-24 12:53

      Ha ha our comments are on the same line .Well said

  • Richard - 2012-01-24 12:26

    I am an extremely wealthy man. I have won and inherited millions and I never have to work again, well that is once these monies pay out.

  • comrade.zondi - 2012-01-24 12:28

    Eish How many brain cells has Rachel got. At a guess not too many.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-24 18:47


  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-01-24 12:29

    Nothing is for free in this world... well except tenders, everything else, you work hard for.

  • Deon - 2012-01-24 12:29

    There are no medicine for stupidity

  • kardollie - 2012-01-24 12:35

    i received an sms,saying that i have won a fifa worldwide lottery of 950 000 rand,told them what to do with it,scambugs.

  • keimord - 2012-01-24 12:38

    A fool and his/her money are soon parted!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-01-24 12:40

    The notices come by e-mail and by SMS. They tell you to keep everything confidential. They then lure you in and start extracting payments from you so that the money you "won" can be released. They quite often string along victims for months after first winning their confidence, extracting payment after payment. They even manage to convince some gullible folk to borrow money and meet them in London, UK (or wherever), where after a final payment they will get their winnings. Needless to say the poor victim is left high and dry, broke and in debt. There are many such stories that never come to light because the victims feel so foolish and embarrased, but as I recall one was reported on News24 last year.

  • Annelize - 2012-01-24 12:41

    Its a case of 'dont count your chickens before the eggs are hatched'....

  • The-third - 2012-01-24 12:44

    Well if you want to be that dof in this day and age then you deserve what you get.

      Nurse - 2012-01-24 12:46

      Wow but you are seksie perfeksie! Can I have your number?