'Sexual content': DA's Van Damme unfazed by threatening email

2018-11-15 19:24
DA Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme. (Conrad Bornman, Gallo Images, Rapport)

DA Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme. (Conrad Bornman, Gallo Images, Rapport)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

DA MP Phumzile van Damme says she is not bothered by an email threatening to leak pictures and videos of her if she does not pay up. 

In the email, which she shared on Twitter, the extortionist threatens to share "photos and videos of your (Van Damme's) most passionate funs with adult content (sic)". 

The person demands that Van Damme transfer $829 to a Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet and the account will be deleted.

Van Damme was given 48 hours to respond. 

"I'm not taking it seriously at all. I've asked the IT department to look at it but it seems to be something going on in South Africa," Van Damme told News24. 

Giggling, Van Damme told News24 she had nothing to worry about because she also did not have "that kind of content". 

ALSO READ: Gigaba on sex tape: 'My wife and I have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of'

"I get those emails all the time. I guess it's because my email is public. I just send them to my junk mail. I am not at all concerned, it seems to be a scam that is doing the rounds," she said. 

Van Damme tweeted on Thursday, after sharing the email: "The email scammers are trying hard shame. Unshaken. No Bitcoin transfer coming from me". 

In the email the scammer states that he/she is a spyware software developer and that Van Damme's account has been hacked in the "summer of 2018". 

The scammer claims to be aware of everything Van Damme does on her phone.

"I can see absolutely everything that you do, view and download your files and any data to yourself. I also have access to the camera on your device," the email reads. 

In addition, the person claims to know what Van Damme likes. 

"I know what you like hard funs (adult sites). Oh yes.. I'm know your secret life, which you are hiding from everyone (sic)." 

Van Damme said she received replies from people who received similar emails.

Read more on:    phumzile van damme  |  social media
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.