SARU: Beware of fraudster

2012-01-19 09:16

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 booking.

Businesses are advised to beware of a person calling himself Craig Adams, claiming to be “Chair, Organising Committee, SARU”. He uses the email address 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.


  • Blou-Daan - 2012-01-19 10:02

    Oor die laaste 11 jaar was daar al n paar "conmen" wat my probeer oortuig het om die Stormers te onderseun want HIERDIE jaar gaan hulle glo die beker wen. Die polisie kan gerus daai ouens kom ondervra, tenminste twee verdagtes werk saam met my :-) Hulle wou my reeds weer vanoggend kom vertel hoe goed is die Stormers.

      Johann - 2012-01-19 10:38

      Dit gaan meer as 'n paar con-men kos om WP/Stormers te laat wen, hulle moet eers hul structures fix ............ under what circumstances for instance will a coaching director quit while his senior team is team-building etc in Mosselbay I believe ??!!

  • Ben Nel - 2012-01-19 10:11

    I assumed this article was about Pieter de Villiers

  • Wimpie - 2012-01-19 10:32


  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-19 10:48

    Allowing this type of a business arrangement in your company is simply a bad management practice.

  • Vuyo - 2012-01-19 10:54

    The issue of overpayment or cancelling an order and demanding an immediate refund is an old scam which has been exposed many times before and I thought every business should know it by now . It means the are business people who just don't read the newspapers . Maybe this is the price they pay for their ignorance . As they say " if you think education is expensive , try ignorance" .

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