A 75 year old woman from Widenham reported to the Umkomaas SAPS that on Saturday, October 27 at 10.00, she had received a message on Facebook messenger, that was purportedly from a friend, to say that she had won 100 000 dollars in a Facebook Powerball pool.
The message requested that she pay an amount of R14 500 to a certain bank account in order for the money to be released.
She complied with the request.
She then received another message requesting more money “to release the money from customs”.
She then became suspicious and contacted the friend, who informed her that she had not contacted her via Facebook. It seems that the fraudsters had hacked into her Facebook account.
The matter is under investigation.
Acting Station Commander Lt Col Nene has warned members of the public not to believe “get rich quickly” messages on social media and not to deposit monies into accounts that have not been verified by a bank.
People should be more aware of scams and bogus messages that can lead to distress and even to bankruptcy.