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Beware of President Ramaphosa’s Generous Data Giveaway: The Hilarious Scam You Shouldn’t Fall For!

In the digital age, scams are as common as cat videos on the internet. But what happens when the President of South Africa offers you free data? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, that’s because it is! The Department of Communications and Digital Technology (DCDT) has officially sounded the alarm on a comedy of errors disguised as an extravagant data gift from President Cyril Ramaphosa. Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through this not-so-convincing scam, as we break it down for you with a side of humor and a dash of satire.

The Scam Unveiled: Picture this: President Ramaphosa, with a Santa hat and a smile that could outshine Rudolph’s nose, offers 10 gigabytes of free data to all his supporters. A heartwarming gesture, right? Wrong! Scammers are using this absurd offer to bait unsuspecting South Africans into their web of deception. To redeem the “gift,” victims are lured into clicking on a link that claims to belong to their mobile network. What could possibly go wrong, you ask? Well, we’d advise against finding out!

Image of a scam with a fake news banner

No Laughing Matter: Before you dive headfirst into this dubious data deal, remember one thing – there’s zero factual basis for the president’s generosity. It’s like believing your pet goldfish can write Shakespearean sonnets. Newsflash: it can’t!

Enter VirusTotal, the Comedy Critic: News24, our superhero in this digital caper, decided to play detective. They entered the scammy website’s URL into VirusTotal, a tool that sniffs out malware like a truffle-hunting pig. Guess what? Multiple security vendors held up their “Malicious!” signs.

Screenshot of link being flagged for malware.

Unmasking the Scam: In case you’re wondering, malware isn’t your grandma’s favorite knitting pattern. It’s malicious software designed to wreak havoc on your computer or steal your digital secrets. So, clicking on that scammy link might as well be the digital equivalent of inviting a cyber-hooligan into your virtual home for tea.

The Hints You Shouldn’t Miss: Our scammers might be terrible comedians, but they are even worse spellers. The link proudly butchers Ramaphosa’s name and the post’s caption is a spelling bee champion’s nightmare. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, well, you get the idea!

Protecting Yourself from Cyber Hilarity: The DCDT is no stranger to these laughable shenanigans. They’ve seen a surge in these types of scams and want you to be on your guard. In their infinite wisdom, they share this nugget: “In today’s digital age, misinformation spreads rapidly and can have significant consequences. It is crucial to verify the authenticity of any information before believing or sharing it.”

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Parting Thoughts: In the era of online comedy, even the President’s name isn’t sacred. So, dear readers, remember – when a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. Don’t let scammers turn you into their punchline. Stay safe, stay informed, and keep the cyber-hooligans at bay. President Ramaphosa won’t be sliding down your digital chimney with free data anytime soon.

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