Treasury warns about online scammer

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The National Treasury has issued a warning regarding a scammer who allegedly poses as the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mondli Gungubele, asking people on Facebook for money in return for funding their projects or business plans.

This person also asks for people’s full names, ID numbers, as well as their home addresses.

The department has stated that neither the ministry nor treasury assists individuals nor businesses with the funding of their projects or business plans. They added that such scams highlight the extent members of the public are willing to go to make easy money, which makes people vulnerable to such scams.

Quick tips to help you recognise a scam?

  1. The e-mail requestor asks for bank account information, credit card numbers, driver’s licence number, passport number, information about members of your family, and other personal information
  2. The e-mail or SMS advises that you have won a prize – even though you are not aware of having entered any competition run by the prize promoters
  3. The e-mail may be personally addressed to you but it has been posted using bulk mail sending facilities to many others locally and internationally
  4. Check the wording of the letter; you may notice spelling errors and exaggerations, which should alert you to the offer being too good to be true
  5. Logos of the organisations mentioned in the letter (such as the prize-givers) may not seem correct or professionally drafted
  6. The names of persons used as senders of the e-mails are common.