December 18, 2009 – We would like to warn the public of the emergence this week of at least two email scams in the name of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We have engaged the authorities in relation to both scams and the perpetrators will be brought to book.
The first, which was soliciting money on our behalf, came to our attention on Wednesday, December 16, and the second, which we were sent today, claims to be linked to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and other international foundations. The latest scam further claims that the recipient has been “randomly” drawn in a computer ballot to receive an amount of $500 000.00. It then asks for bank account details.
Members of the public should be aware of the following:
- The Nelson Mandela Foundation does not make general public appeals for money
- The only legitimate Nelson Mandela Foundation email address will end with nelsonmandela.org
- Any partnerships with major institutions like FIFA will be announced by the two organisations together
Should you receive such an email please alert us on email@example.com.