The Nelson Mandela Foundation cautions the public against an email scam that claims the recipient has won $2-trillion in a competition.
Although the initial email purports to have been sent from United States Vice-President Michael Pence, follow-up emails use the name and personal details of Foundation trustee Maya Makanjee to back up the initial email’s claims.A scan of what purports to be Makanjee’s South African identity document is used, along with a certificate that indicates she is the Foundation’s executive director. Makanjee has never held an executive position at the Foundation.
The scam email supplies recipients with a personal identification (PIN) code and a serial code, through which the funds can be claimed. The scam mechanics are confusing. Also, an email address that uses Pence’s name, and a White House “letterhead”, are used.
The Foundation reiterates that it does not participate in competitions and does not give out cash prizes. Please ignore, or even block, these emails.