Gigaba warns of scam using his name

2017-05-15 12:22
Finance minister Malusi Gigaba warns against scams using his name. (Malusi Gigaba/Facebook)

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba warns against scams using his name. (Malusi Gigaba/Facebook)

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Cape Town - If you recently received an email from Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, offering you R126m, and thought that it was too good to be true, you were correct.

On Monday morning, Gigaba - through his verified Facebook page - issued the following warning: "Good Morning, please be on the look out for such #fake emails and other #fake Facebook accounts and #fake email accounts impersonating me. #DO-NOT respond to any of those, because #none of them are legit. Thank you."

Accompanying his message was a photo of an email, supposedly from Gigaba, with the subject line "Greetings from the Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba".

In the email, "Gigaba" informs the reader that he had been going through a "stacked payment file" in his office and had come across a payment of R126m, which had been in the Treasury's escrow account for more than a year.

According to the hoax email, "Gigaba's" investigation revealed that the money couldn't be released because the recipient couldn't afford the fee set by his predecessor, Pravin Gordhan.

The message then states that, as part of his commitment to making things easier for South Africans, "Gigaba" had lowered the fee.

The message then requests personal information from the recipient.

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