Proteas in restaurant scam

2012-02-06 12:54

Johannesburg - Two of South Africa's largest sport federations have been scammed, seemingly by the same fraudster in the Western Cape.

"There is a scam doing the rounds in which somebody makes a booking at a restaurant on behalf of the Proteas, usually using the name of Paul Harris, and then endeavours to get money out of the restaurant by various fraudulent means," Cricket SA (CSA) said in a statement on Monday.

In January, the SA Rugby Union (SARU) sent a similar statement, in an attempt to protect itself from the conman, who called himself Craig Adams.

"At least two Cape Town establishments have been approached to take bookings for large groups from someone purporting to be 'chair, organising committee, SARU'," the rugby body said.

"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."

SARU said the "proof of payment" was then used to claim overpayment for the forthcoming booking. The fraudster requested reimbursement into his account to ensure his party was able to pay for transport to fulfil the booking.

SARU said it had no employee named Craig Adams, nor did it operate the e-mail domain, which the fraudster had apparently used to lend credibility to the scam.

The rugby body said it was making inquiries with a view to referring the matter to the SA Police Service.

SARU spokesperson Andy Colquhoun said the federation had managed to avoid being defrauded.

"Neither SARU nor CSA have been scammed. We're actually trying to help other people avoid being scammed," Colquhoun said.

CSA spokesman Michael Owen-Smith said the cricket body had also been targeted by a fraudster in the Western Cape, who was believed to be the same person.

"He was at a restaurant in Stellenbosch but he never got away with anything because he was considered a suspicious character," Owen-Smith said.

"At the moment, the Proteas squad is dispersed around the country and will be leaving at the end of this week for New Zealand, so will not be in a position to make any team bookings," Owen-Smith said.


  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2012-02-06 13:58

    Craig Adams or Paul Harris?

      Heiku - 2012-02-06 15:00

      Tim Allen

      Warrick - 2012-02-06 15:13

      With an email address of "" shouldn't they be suspicious already? You can get a free accounts on webmail

      Ja - 2012-02-06 15:16

      Maybe it was Paul Adams and Craig Harris ..

      Hoo - 2012-02-06 15:20

      @willie- Another roomer has it as schalk burger and the WP team... After 11 years of losing, stormer’s rugby union don’t have any money left to take the manne for a night out.??

      Christian - 2012-02-06 19:02

      Poor old "kiwi" go cry yourself to sleep. My (real) KIWI friends are ashamed of you.

  • Robsschele - 2012-02-06 14:02

    It's an old scam. They tried it in my town by making a booking on behalf of ANC. Afterwards reducing the number of rooms booked and claiming the difference back from the guesthouse. Please do not read anything in the ANC bit. They could have used any party.

      Ryan - 2012-02-07 07:28

      Claiming to be the ANC? It was probably not a lie then....

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-06 14:20

    This over-payment or wrong payment scheme is running in SA for at least a decade. If people still did not know the basics of business they must get burned. Every transaction one must verified with your bank and or bank statement. If done manually(with bank counter slip)You or verified with bank in business hours or get letter of confirmation from the institution after you phone them at there land line yourself. If done via internet payment it must reflect and if not you follow step above. All respectable restaurants only take group bookings in business hours if payment is not at point of sale. All respected institutions do booking in business hours when payment is not at point of sale. This scheme were tried on me numerous of time. I even went so far to gather info for police and worked with them on it. Lack of proper management and greed are sometimes running hand in hand with these happenings.

      Anastasia - 2012-02-06 14:40

      exactly what I was thinking. Any person dealing with money, payments coming in, has heard of one or another variation on this scam. Sadly, people are clearly still falling for it.

      Peter - 2012-02-06 16:04

      On your facebook site it says you know english. Give me a break. Why don't you comment in Afrikaans? At least then people will be able to understand you....

      Peter - 2012-02-06 16:06

      I suppose what can we expect from someone with a surname as a christian name!!!!!

      Christian - 2012-02-06 19:09

      @ Peter: 1) you are such a sad character. 2) Sorry, nothing more. Just thought someone should try to give you the attention you're craving for.

      Frank - 2012-02-06 22:48

      Peter - February 6, 2012 at 16:04 You obvious don't prescribe to the old Afrikaans saying " 'n goeie begrip het 'n halwe woord nodig"! Don't be a sanctimonious ass all your life! What a chop!!

  • William - 2012-02-06 14:52

    There is only one person behind this scam. Malema, He needs money to pay his A.N.C membership fees.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-06 15:16


      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-06 15:50

      Please hide your stupidity

  • jen.bader - 2012-02-06 14:58

    Stupid headline, the Proteas are not involved.

      Linda - 2012-02-06 16:27

      How else will they get people to read the article?

  • Deon - 2012-02-06 15:05

    Seriously - ?? Now if that doesn' t set off alarm bells, then I don't know. Perhaps someone has to walk in with an 'I am a scammer' sign around his neck before people wake up!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-06 15:06

    Cant take the heat hey News24!

  • Lynton - 2012-02-06 15:24

    Typical News 24, "Proteas in restuarant scam" reads as the proteas being involved in said scam, while in fact not a single Protea is involved...please use accurate headlines guys...

  • Siyabulela - 2012-02-06 15:29

    "" LMAO! Now who falls for such? (0_0)

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-06 16:07


  • Grant - 2012-02-06 17:14

    Us fully paid up ANC members at Luthuli House (although we are few on the groung) demand that Helle Zille be investigated for possible involvement. No self respecting ANC cadre would get involved in a scam involving less than R10 million but with the DA, who knows...?

  • Wesley - 2012-02-06 17:17

    I was right all the way, some of the Proteas got so fat, they surely must have something to do with KFC

  • Bertverlinde - 2012-02-06 17:19

    These exact type of scams have been around for years in SA. It is pretty dumb for any establishment to still fall victim to this.

  • molopez30 - 2012-02-07 03:58

    I am the Chair on Tottenham Hotspur's Board. I paid you a lot of money in error. Please deposit a lot of money into my bank account. Once you've done this please email and let me know - Thanks.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-07 05:58

    BLA BLA BLA...people rely on the fact that we dont know... So educate yourself on your teams and management and if someone is trying to book something. Google them

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