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Media Release: SANParks Statement on the fraudulent fundraising scam

Date: 2nd October 2006

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to call the public’s attention to a fraudulent fundraising scam that is currently circulating in the West Rand area, just outside Johannesburg. SANParks believes that this scam could be doing the rounds in other parts of the country as well.

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to call the public’s attention to a fraudulent fundraising scam that is currently circulating in the West Rand area, just outside Johannesburg. SANParks believes that this scam could be doing the rounds in other parts of the country as well.

There have been reported incidents regarding members of the public soliciting donations on behalf of SANParks. The documentation produced by the solicitors bears the SANParks logo and web site which are not authentic.

SANParks would like to request the public not to donate any funds to anybody purporting to be representing the organisation. Unauthorised solicitation of this nature is illegal and regarded as a criminal offence according to South African law.

“These solicitors do not represent SANParks and its associated organisations, and we denounce any links to these activities.  Any one found soliciting funds from the public in this manner must be reported to the authorities,” says SANParks Chief Executive Dr David  Mabunda.

Please report such activities to the toll-free national security fraud hotline (0800 60 10 11)

Issued by:      South African National Parks

Enquiries:

Wanda Mkutshulwa
Head: Communications
South African National Parks
Tel: (012) 426-5201
Cell: 082-908-2692

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