Cape Town - The
National Department of Tourism has issued an alert, warning all business individuals to verify any request for funds coming from the department, as a fraudulent scam using the Minister's name has been uncovered.
The department issued a statement warning of "attempts to
extract funds from companies and organisations by impersonating Minister
Tokozile Xasa on LinkedIn".
It says members of the company or public receive an email, similar to the one below:
“From: Tokozile Xasa [Tokozilexasa@alumni.com]
Subject: Linked In Message
Great connection with you presently have a great
opportunity at ground if you can manage it send me a message to my private
email address Tokozilexasa@alumni.com, so I can give
you more details for the proposal
"Organisations are then lured with promises to participate in $50 billion
allocated by the BRICS bank for Smallholder Agriculture Development Project.
the recipients of this emails are required to express their interest by
providing information in order to be added on the fictitious Minister
beneficiary list to access US$1 million (about R13 million) for job opportunities."
The department says the
following domain name, Tokozilexasa@alumni.com, is being used by the scam, "although there may
It has issued a warning to confirm that the domain and associated communication are all "fake and not linked to
the Minister of Tourism, Ms T Xasa".
"Any communications using these domains should
be treated with suspicion and reported to the nearest law enforcement agencies."
Ministry condemns such illegal activities and calls on all members of the public and service
providers to be on alert for these criminals and to verify the legitimacy of all information received from the office of the Ministry.
In the statement the department noted Ms N Bhengu, as the person to contact for verification of communication and correspondence on Tel: 012 444 6770.
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