An official statement to the media coming from Sun International, license holder of Miss South Africa has expressed concern over a fake Instagram account (Miss Teen SA) that could spell harm to the general public.
The fake account which has been brought to the notice of the management seems to parade on social media as the official account of the Miss Teen SA.
“The account makes use of the official Miss South Africa 2017 branding, which has been manipulated and claims to be the official account for Miss Teen SA,” the statement reads.
The statement went on to refute any connection to the Miss Teen SA Instagram account.
“Sun International and its partners have no affiliation with the Miss Teen SA Instagram account that has abused our Miss South Africa logo to lend credibility to this fake page.
We do not endorse any content published or prizes offered on this page.
We have escalated our concerns and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we address this as a matter of urgency,” Claudia Henkel added.
As expected, the fake account has some attractive deals that could lead to fraud if care is not taken. On the page is a promise of R500 000 worth of prizes and a modelling contract.
The page has already garnered up to 549 followers and is busy posting pictures from past Miss Teen events.
Evidently, this is a platform created to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their hard earned money.
Similarly, South African telecommunications service provider, MTN issued a note of warning in July to its subscribers to beware of the latest scam doing the rounds in the country.
The method known as the SIM swap scam sees a supposed MTN call centre agent contact random customers, requesting their security details. The scammers claim to be blocking the processing of a SIM swap request that was made without the customer’s consent.
They will then use the information obtained from the customer during the call to perform a fraudulent SIM swap and possibly use it to access customer’s banking details. Be warned!