Mayor’s name used in phishing scam

Mayor’s name used in phishing scam
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:
[email protected] 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 emails to [email protected] so that we can have record of
them and hand them over to the SAPS to assist in their investigation.