STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE
It has come to my attention that my name is being used in what appears to be a phishing scam.
Thus far, five separate messages have been reported to my office. Each of the e-mails has been sent from the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of four of the emails is ‘BRICS Bank funding’.
Please note that this e-mail address does not belong to me.
It would appear that a fake Facebook profile is being used to solicit contact details. Once the e-mail address is received, an e-mail is sent to said address asking whether the recipient would be able to use grant funds worth £450 000 (R9 739 448) from the BRICS bank to ‘explore job opportunities for our citizens’. Once they agree, they are added to a beneficiary list and asked to pay £250 (R5 415) in order to obtain a BRICS non-residential beneficiary form.
This afternoon I met with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to open a case for further investigation.
Members of the public are urged not to respond to e-mails coming from this account. I would also like to make an appeal to residents to forward these e-mails to email@example.com so that we can have record of them and hand them over to the SAPS to assist in their investigation.