Warning issued as fraudulent funds scam uses Tourism Minister Xasa's name

2017-05-31 07:27 -
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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.

"Furthermore 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 be others". 

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."

"The 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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