‘President Ramaphosa’ needs your money on Facebook

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Fllickr/ GCIS

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Fllickr/ GCIS

Locals have been receiving messages from what is clearly a scam operation.

It seems like things are really going poorly for the presidency. At least, that is how it appears if you believe President Cyril Ramaphosa has been reaching out on Facebook with lucrative opportunities for individuals in KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.

Several people in KwaDukuza have recently received messages on Facebook from an individual claiming to be the president of South Africa, reports North Coast Courier.

He claims to have foreign investment projects that could earn ordinary citizens as much as R4.8 million, and they only needed to pay R3,550 to have the money exchanged from pounds into rands.

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One resident, Prem Maharaj, told the North Coast Courier he received a friend request from a Cyril Ramaphosa.

“After accepting the friend request, he contacted me over Messenger asking what I do for a living. He later messaged me to say he had an opportunity for me to manage a company of his.”

Maharaj said after this relatively small hook was dangled in front of him, he began receiving messages detailing a supposed opportunity to get involved with a friend of the “president” working with the Southern African European Development Fund.

Other locals have also taken to Facebook to share their experiences with the supposed president.

A conversation with “Cyril Ramaphosa.”

One man wrote: “He requested as above my details. I then was added to a European union group that funds projects in South Africa. Then I was emailed a European union document saying £250,000 will be deposited into my account. Then they requested my banking details so [the] so-called funds will be deposited in my account. Later, a lady calls me and asks me to pay in R3,550.

“This was apparently for the transfer of 4.8 million South African rands, ie. the monies I pay was for foreign exchange from pounds to rands.”

Maharaj told the North Coast Courier this was not the first time he had been contacted by someone using the name of a high-profile politician.

“A few weeks ago I was contacted by a ‘Tito Mboweni’ who also supposedly had wonderful opportunities for me.”

It is highly unlikely that any individual would receive a message from the president of South Africa out of the blue on Facebook.

Unlikely becomes impossible if the so-called ‘president’ then starts offering you job opportunities and asking for money.

Always be on the lookout for online scams. They may seem obvious, but the mere fact that they continue means that everyday people are being fooled into parting with their hard-earned money.

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