Nelson Mandela Foundation

screenshot of scam invoking Nelson Mandela's name
(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)

The public is warned against a Facebook Messenger scam that uses the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s name.

In the scam a WhatsApp message is sent thanking the recipient for a donation and telling them that they have been rewarded with “a brand-new Audi A3”, and that a consultant will phone them to get details from them.

The scam is most likely a phishing attempt. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending messages purporting to be from reputable companies and organisations in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

The public is warned against responding to such messages. 

Please note that while the Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomes donations, it gives no rewards for such generosity.