The scam involves faked texts notifying the victims of deposits ostensibly made by Zungu, and requests the amount be re-deposited into a bank account. The victims report getting a phone calls from someone claiming to be the Amazulu head honcho in order to persuade them to make the deposits.
Amazulu FC president warns of scammers
Zungu has put out a statement on the Amazulu website warning the public against the scam.
“It has come to the attention of AmaZulu Football Club and its President, Mr. Sandile Zungu, that there is scam involving a text currently in circulation amongst football legends depicting a false cash deposit from the President and wherein victims are requested to re-deposit the money back into the account shown in the text.
“The perpetrator of this scam then proceeds to call the victims, pretending to be the AmaZulu FC President.”
The scam appears to be targeted at former players and others within the football fraternity, it is not clear at this stage how the scammers have come to be in possession of the contact details of the former players.
“AmaZulu FC President, Sandile Zungu unequivocally wishes to inform the football fraternity at large and anyone who may have received this text or may have been in contact with the individual that this is the work of an imposter and for people to not fall victim of this scam.
“Any vital communication to our partners, supporters and all pertinent stakeholders of the club from the President is channelled through the official platforms of AmaZulu FC including verified social media pages and our website. The President and AmaZulu FC are currently looking into the matter and once again, wish to caution the public to remain vigilant against such perpetrators.”
The general public are also warned to be wary of text scams such as this one, as they can be adapted to fleece unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned cash.