Fact check: Beware of Covid-19 scammers using Ramaphosa's name

Fact check: Beware of Covid-19 scammers using Ramaphosa's name

- Daring criminals are targeting the innocent masquerading as the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

- The public has been warned against a bogus scheme claiming to belong to the President Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

- The foundation distances itself from a scam on social media promising a R3 500 windfall

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By Joseph Chirume - Freelance Journalist

A scam purporting to be the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is circulating on various social media platforms promising every citizen a R3 500 relief lockdown funds.

The bogus scheme starts with these tantalising words:

"FG has finally approved and have started giving out free R3 500 relief funds to each citizen."

It is followed by these irresistible words:

"Get free R3 500 instantly to your bank account. Congratulations. You're eligible for the R3 500 Lockdown Funds."

You're then directed to answer a few questions after which you're asked to click a green button that pops out with the words ,"SHARE", informing you to share this information with seven WhatsApp groups only.

But the really Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is seething with anger over the abuse of their good name.

It boldly disowned this criminal act, calling it nothing more than a scam. The foundation even went further to encourage readers to check with its website which is totally different with the one advertised by the con artists.

The bogus website is https//sa.ramaphosacyrilfoundation.com/.

This is totally in contrast with the legitimate Ramaphosa Foundation website which is www.cyril ramaphosafoundation.org.

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Fact check: Beware of Covid-19 scammers using Ramaphosa's name

Photo credits: Left - Screenshot of scam message/Supplied. President Ramaphosa/Flickr.
Source: UGC

In a statement, the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation said:

"Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has been notified of a scam that has been circulating on social media and WhatsApp.
" The scam relates to apparent lockdown relief fund claims using various links as shown on the message."

The foundation says it is not connected to this bogus website.

It says:

"The foundation is not associated with these scam websites and their creators."

The fake website uses the same modus operandi common with other fraud schemes where people confirm that they benefited from the programme.

One such person is Khomotso Polivia who thanked it.

Khomotso said:

"Thanks for the lockdown gift. I got R3 500 for free just now."

Bokang Mosala said:

"First I thought it was fake, but really credited."

Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko did not respond to questions sent to her.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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