The Nelson Mandela Foundation does not run an ambassadorship programme, and anyone who offers members of the public a position as a Foundation ambassador is a scamster.
The latest version of this scam is patently a phishing exercise – the email offering the position asks for a lot of personal information, including an individual’s full name, address, marital status and occupation.
Successful phishing attacks lead to identity theft, credit card fraud, ransomware attacks, data breaches, and huge financial losses for individuals and corporations. Requests like these should always be checked with the organisation from which they are purported to come before any information is given.
The latest version of this particular scam comes from the email address email@example.com, which is incorrect. It also identifies Graça Machel as the Foundation’s chair. The chair is Njabulo Ndebele.
The Foundation warns the public to be especially vigilant regarding this type of scam because phishing is becoming increasingly sophisticated.