The City of Ekurhuleni has issued a statement to the residents of EKurhuleni to be aware of a scam on social media. According to the City, the scam is carried out by a person posing to be the Executive Mayor of the City, Mzwandile Masina on Facebook.
“Mayor Masina’s personal Facebook account was hacked by scammers and reports sent to the Mayor’s office claimed that the Mayor was allegedly messaging members of the public on the platform to solicit money,” says the statement
“The scammer, who claims to be the Executive Mayor, solicits amounts of money ranging from R800 from people by requesting an e-wallet as he is struggling to open his banking application on his smartphone,” the statement continues.
“The Office of the Executive Mayor urges the public not to respond to these messages and under no condition should they send the scammer money. Should members of the public receive any suspicious request from a social media account claiming to be that of the Executive Mayor, please report the incident to 0800-102-201,” says the statement.
“The City’s Information, Communications and Technology Department and the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department are currently investigating the hacking incident and tracing down the scammers” the statement ends