Cell scam targets rugby fans

2012-02-06 15:06

Johannesburg - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has asked media to assist in alerting people to a cellphone scam aimed at rugby supporters.

SARU’s offices have received a number of calls from concerned individuals who have been the recipient of SMSs telling them they have won considerable sums of money in a Rugby World Cup promotion run by the International Rugby Board (IRB).

Neither the IRB - nor SARU - has run such a promotion and the SMS should be deleted.

Typically, the message reads: “Congratulation!!!Your cell Number.has won 960,000.In the IRB Rugby 2011 Promotions with RefA543B. Call Mr.Antony Smith on [cell number], to activate & claim”.

Members of the public who have called the number have been asked for their banking details or home address or to purchase cellphone airtime, which they are told not to load.

“We can categorically confirm that no competition has ever existed of this nature and that the SMS should be ignored,” said a SARU spokesperson.


  • JamesLoretz - 2012-02-06 15:20

    If you still fall for this type of scam after all the warnings over the years, then you deserve to lose your money!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-06 16:15

      If you still fall for this type of scam after all the warnings over the years, then you are a Stormers supporter

      Willem - 2012-02-06 18:33

      @Paul NO its the stormers that con the stupid supporters of other provinces

  • Pieter - 2012-02-06 16:18

    En ek glo ou Dom Duane, Schalkie en parkiebank Bekker val vir dit keer op keer op keer net soos hulle nie 'n koppie kan wen nie keer op keer op keer

      Willem - 2012-02-06 18:34

      Ou Piet gaan vang 'n Branna jy praat K@)

  • Treatwell Trey - 2012-02-06 16:36

    I just got 1 word for those that fell victims.. Suckeeeeeer

  • Jason - 2012-02-06 20:13

    In addition to this warning its important to note that many many bulls supporters have fallen for this, in some cases bulls supporters have fallen for it three times over. the government is actually considering taking their cellphones away in order to try and protect them,.

      Leslie - 2012-02-08 15:53

      WOW only three times im impressed

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