Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African Defence and Military Veterans, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula has advised the public not to respond to online pages that are fraudulently impersonating her and wishes to unequivocally distance itself from these rogue social media pages and profiles.
South Africa is said to be one of the best countries which is experiencing higher rate of fraud.
The Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans recently mentioned that it is concerned with fake Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media accounts purporting to be that of Mapisa-Nqakula.
“The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans does not have social media accounts, does not communicate with members of the public through social media nor does she conduct business transactions of any kind on social media platforms,” reads the statement.
“For official communication and sharing of information on policies and government programmes, she uses reputable mainstream media platforms.”
The statements further mentioned that the fraudsters solicit cash or funding in exchange for tenders, job opportunities and business related favours at both the Departments of Defence and Military Veterans. This is nothing but a trick to scam people out of their hard-earned money.
“The public is therefore advised not to respond to online pages that are fraudulently impersonating Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, or even pay anything if requested.”
The statement also added that, “members of the public are warned against falling prey to this ongoing scam. The Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans does not expect any form payment or funding from anyone that is interested in available opportunities at both the Departments of Defence and Military Veterans.
“If one comes across these hoax profiles using the minister’s names and pictures, they are advised to block them. Alternatively, report the page to the website that it is posted on or contact the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Joy Nonzukiso Peter on +27 (0)82 990 0407 or [email protected]”
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