Scam involving an email purporting to come from the Nelson Mandela Foundation

Please note that yet another scam involving an email purporting to come from the Nelson Mandela Foundation is doing the rounds.

The email comes with the subject line: “You are a winner in Nelson Mandela develop Africa initiative. Claim immediately”

The email is accompanied by a letter on a fake United Nations letterhead. Grammar is poor, but the message is that following a UN visit to South Africa after Mr Mandela’s death, it was decided that $100-million would be set aside to be shared among 200 “lucky winners”. This would be to promote entrepreneurship.

The recipient is told they will receive $500 000, converted into local currency, and a warning against viral internet scams asks recipients to contact “Dr Mrs Rose Marshall” at Barclays Bank in London.

The email asks for a recipient’s personal details: full name, address, nationality, occupation, cellphone number and private email address. This is dangerous “phishing – the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Please be advised that this is a scam. The Foundation does not send unsolicited emails.