Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has asked the media to
assist in alerting local businesses to the activities of a Western Cape-based
conman who has been attempting to defraud local restaurants.
At least two Cape Town establishments have been approached
to take bookings for large groups from someone purporting to be “Chair,
Organising Committee, SARU”.
In one instance a Cape Town restaurant received a booking
for a meal for 27 people on the strength of an apparently forged “proof of
payment”. In the other a booking was made for 36 people.
The “proof of payment” is then used to claim overpayment for
the forthcoming booking. The fraudster requests reimbursement into his account
in order to ensure his party is able to pay for transport to fulfil the
Businesses are advised to beware of a person calling himself
Craig Adams, claiming to be “Chair, Organising Committee, SARU”. He uses the
email address email@example.com
in an attempt to lend credibility to his scam. SARU has no such employee and
does not operate such an email domain.
SARU is making further inquiries with a view to referring
the matter to the South African Police Services.