The SMS message that Vodacom users receive congratulates the recipient on winning the “Vodacom International New Yearly promo”. Prizes include R50,000, a BlackBerry Torch smartphone and R200 Vodacom airtime. The message leaves a ticket number for the recipient, and asks them to provide contact details to the “Promo Department”. The SMS also mentions that communication will be done via email for “security reasons” (which should send off warning bells right away).
The actual SMS text reads “Congratulations!!!! Your number was among the lucky winners on Vodacom International New Yearly Promo. You have won R50,000,and a New Black Berry Torch,plus R200 Vodacom Airtime.Your Ticket No Is: VDC2119F : To claim your prize,kindly send your name and your cell phone number via e-mail to our Promo Department at (firstname.lastname@example.org) then we will get back to you,please note;every conversation or communication will be done via e-mail for security reasons.We look forward to hear from you ,thanks. Regards, Vodacom.”
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The original article about this scam was published on My Broadband.
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