Scammers use Madiba’s name in Pretoria

A scammer is using Nelson Mandela’s to dupe Facebook users. Photo: Nelson Mandela Foundation.

A woman believed to be a Pretorian is allegedly using Nelson Mandela’s name to scam people, the former president’s foundation said recently.

The foundation said the woman was promising Facebook users “foreign ambassador” jobs.

“She used Nelson Mandela Foundation’s name, presumably to try to gather personal information from people.”

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The foundation said it had no ambassadorships.

“In a poorly spelled, badly-worded message replete with poor grammar, the scam artist tried to ingratiate herself with her target,” said the foundation.

“Her personal history allegedly claims she is an anti-apartheid activist – after initially claiming to be 36. When initial overtures failed, she tried flattery and pleading.”

The foundation said it did not use Facebook to recruit staff.

In June‚ the foundation was made aware of a scam‚ also calling for job applications.

The advert read:

“Vacancy announcement: In partnership with Bill Gates Foundation we are seeking to employ over 1 000 youths in East Africa to help with the fight against poverty‚ malnutrition‚ illiteracy and violence.

Applicants must hold a minimum of a college diploma‚ exhibit leadership qualities and possess excellent communication skills.

Duties will include identifying areas that require immediate funding and coming up with long term sustainable solutions. Apply now by sending your CV to careers@mandelafoundation.org…”

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Last October‚ a people claiming to be from Mandela’s wife Graça Machel emailed people to inform them that they had been appointed ambassadors for the foundation.

And in September an inheritance scam using Mandela’s name was doing the rounds.

The foundation warned people not to fall prey to these scams.

The criminal use of Mandela’s name has been so frequent that the foundation posted a running warning on its official website.

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Thato Mahlangu

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