Beware of Scammers Misusing President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Name, Warns South African Presidency
The South African presidency has issued a warning to the public regarding scammers who are using President Cyril Ramaphosa’s name to deceive and defraud unsuspecting individuals.
According to the official statement, fraudulent messages claiming to be from the president have been circulating. The presidency emphasized that President Ramaphosa does not request funds, endorse payments, or engage in any contracts with third parties through various channels such as websites, advertisements, social media, emails, letters, texts, or phone conversations.
The alert advises anyone who has received such communications from the president or the presidency to immediately cease any further contact with the scammers. The presidency has not provided specific details about the nature or duration of the scams, but individuals who have already fallen victim and sent money to the scammers are encouraged to report the incidents to law enforcement authorities.
Local media reports indicate an increase in cybercrime and cases of impersonation in the country, highlighting the need for vigilance and caution when encountering suspicious messages or requests claiming to be from prominent figures like President Ramaphosa.