Watch out for AFCON 2013 Scams!

AFCON 2013The 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament starts on the 19th of January. Football matches will be played in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Durban.

Scammers are attempting to defraud South Africans out of their hard earned cash. South Africans should be wary of scams linked to the upcoming AFCON 2013 tournament. A warning was issued by the South African Trade and Industry Department (DTI) recently about ticket scams.

These ticket scams may typically relate to ticket sales, the offering of hospitality packages or provision of affordable accommodation during the AFCON 2013 tournament.  The Trade and Industry department said that consumers sometimes could not tell the difference between valid and accredited ticket suppliers versus fake suppliers and often pay large amounts of money for fake tickets. The department reminded the public that valid match tickets can only be acquired from approved service providers. Consumers are warned not to purchase match tickets from sources that are not accredited by AFCON 2013.

EQ Tickets was appointed the exclusive ticket provider for AFCON, in conjunction with Spar stores. Tickets should only be acquired via the EQ Tickets website, kiosks or call centres, plus Spar and Super Spar stores. The tickets contain advanced and extensive security features to ensure authenticity and to avert counterfeits.

The DTI has asked the public to blow the whistle if they come across any scams. Complaints can be lodged with the National Consumer Commission (NCCSA).

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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41 Responses

  1. belinda says:

    hi i received an sms today “congratulations your mobile number has won R950,000 in 2013 africa cup of nations competition promo. refXXX. for claims call agent bruce gordon 0760838848. didnt bother to call as i probably received about 5 of these last year.

    • roaeanne says:

      belinda he did the same to me. Wanted me to dep R19k into a nedbank account. his using another cell number now 0765574348

  2. Rhoda says:

    Yesterday I received the following sms: “Thank you for Staying MOBILE! You have won R450 000 in 2013 EXXONMOBIL/AFCON PROMO; Ref no. 100bbm. Please contact us on 0814333729 for activation & cash claim. The phone number the sms was sent from is 0723263466.

  3. Hettie says:

    I receive i sms today it says our cell number won R1 million in the just concluded 2014 orange afcon mobile prmo with ref no AF587SA call claims dept 0614273328 now. This sms was sent from 071 159 7930

  4. zee says:

    I received an sms yesterday saying l won R950000 on orange afcon blah blah, from 0614119553 and to call 0812959200 for claims. I decided to call and hear what they would say., l was told to send my banking details to afcon.claim@safrica.com and make sure l write correct names hehehe. His name is Derick Martins he shall send me my certificate from London after he gets my banking details lol. I saw his numbers on already from another victim so guys beware!!, u can’t win without entering a competition!!

  5. Susan says:

    And this afcon saga goes on – just got sms from no 081 772 7975 saying I won R950 000 in the AFCON competition and to contact Bruce Gordon on 076 5574348 to claim!

  6. kyle says:

    Well I just got. “You have been rewarded with R950.000.00 in AFCON and your cell number was attached. Ref-ANC3, call agent Bruce Gordon on 0765574348,for procedure.” From “+27604804696” –

  7. corleone says:

    Hi,I received an SMS on my cell on 05/01/2015 advising me that I’ve rewarded 1.5 million from Afcon with ref.no.: M526UK,call Steve Adams 084-493-8547 for claims 7AM -5PM.
    I called but then call got cut off.

  8. Shaun says:

    Steve Adams informed me that I have won 1.5million from afcon 2015. Wants me to SMS my name, cell no’ and physical address including province in order to obtain my hand delivered cheque within 48hrs. What can they do with this info?

    • Hi Shaun. Scammers have various ways of getting more information from the little people provide them with. They can, however, threaten your life if they have your physical address and steal your identity.

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