Scammers Impersonate Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is trying to get Facebook to close down a fake account used to scam unsuspecting users who think they are helping the government leader support struggling students.
In more proof that you always have to be very careful when speaking to people on social media, the spokesperson for the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation has warned the public to be cautious of a fake Facebook account which is masquerading as him.
His is not the first government minister to be the victim of fraudsters who use social media to setup up fake accounts. In this case the fake account is asking unsuspecting social media users to donate money to the "worthy cause of student funding".
“It is unfortunate that we have individuals who go to an extent of masquerading as a Minister to defraud members of the public, using the genuine plight of students,” said Minister Nzimande in a statement.
He added that he had already communicated with the company to locate and close the malicious account. He called on members of the public to approach their nearest police station if they suspect or have already been the victim of scammers.
The Minister wishes to put it on record that the ONLY authentic social media accounts that he has authorised are the following:
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