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Ambassador Virgilio Reyes Jr. of the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, said the six Filipinos were taken to the rescue ship Fortune Express and later to the South African mainland, where they will be flown by military helicopter to the Durban City Air Force Base.
Rescue operations have been called off, but Reyes
urged authorities to continue the search for the remaining OFWs. --Jonathan Vicente
- Internet Scam Arrest & Actions
6 September 2005 - Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr. of the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that a group of South Africans, British and presumably other foreign nationals have tried to extract money from OFWs in South Africa in exchange for prize money ranging from US$820,000 to US$1.5 million after they had supposedly won an internet lottery draw.Ambassador Reyes said that three Filipinos have already reported the suspicious activities to the Embassy and, in their statements, recounted the modus operandi of the group, as follows: An officer of the so-called Euro-Afro-American Lottery Company or similarly named firm sends an e-mail to a target individual and notifies him that he has won the company's Internet Lottery Draw and giving him the following information: - Draw Date - Draw Place (in some cases using Essex, UK, or some other fancy-sounding locality) - Target's e-mail Ticket Number - Ticket Serial Number - Reference - Batch - Zonal Draw Number - Grand Draw Number - Winning Number Combination - Amount of Prize The letter-writer or agent of the lottery company will say that the target's ticket falls under their â€˜Afro Booklet,' so the target should then contact their agent in South Africa.The target, as he becomes beguiled by the offer, communicates with the South African agent, who then asks for the target's credentials or personal information, bank account number, and his local bank's â€˜swift code.'
PJI :: National : Beware of lottery scam
Ambassador Virgilio A. Reyes Jr. of the Philippine Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa reported that a group of South Africans and British nationals tried to extort money from OFWs in South Africa in exchange for $820,000 to $1.5 million supposed lottery prize. Reyes
said at least three Filipinos informed the embassy of this modus operandi.
already communicated with the South African police and urged them to investigate the scam. He
also warned OFWs to refrain from dealing with persons or groups who identify themselves as agents of the Euro-Afro-American Lottery or other similar firms.
Directory: Department of Foreign Affairs - Wikipilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia
Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr.
Directory: Department of Foreign Affairs - Attached Bureaus and Agencies - Wikipilipinas: The Hip 'n Free Philippine Encyclopedia
Virgilio A. Reyes, Jr.