- Ashley Mthembu hit rock bottom last year, he lost his job in March and he struggled to find employment afterwards
- However, he then started to talk to a man posing as Patrice Motsepe on Facebook
- Mthembu believed the man was the real deal and he pitched his business plan to him
- Unfortunately, the story ends with Mthembu losing over R4000
Ashley Mthembu, 36, thought his luck finally started to change when he began communicating with, whom he believed was, billionaire Patrice Motsepe.
Mthembu met the mining magnate on Facebook and he pitched him his idea of starting a pub. According to the Daily Sun, Mthembu believed the man he was talking to was the real deal.
The phoney Motsepe instructed Mthembu to draw up a business plan, Briefly.co.za gathered. An eager Mthembu did as he was told and put in serious work to compile the perfect business proposal.
According to Mthembu, the man he spoke to was impressed with the business plan and he promised to invest millions into the pub.
However, when the time came this year to fund the pub, the fraudster asked Mthembu to pay in R4 500 into his account.
He told the hopeful new business owner the millions of rands he promised him would reflect 72 hours after he received the R4.5k.
Two-weeks-ago, against better judgement, Mthembu scrapped together the fund and paid it into the fake Motsepe's account.
The 36-year-old started to suspect the man was scamming him after he asked for another R11k. So, he phoned the Motsepe Foundation, which confirmed his fears.
Sizwe Nzimande, the foundation's spokesperson, said Motsepe was not on social media, nor would he even request money in return for a business opportunity.
According to Vereeniging police spokesman Captain Fikile Funda, a fraud case has been opened and they were investigating the matter.
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