SIVUYILE Sophi was heartbroken after losing his cash to a scammer pretending to be businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize.
The 36-year-old from Matatiele, Eastern Cape, said he was desperate for money, so he approached Shauwn on Facebook.
“I asked her to teach me about trading. My intention was to make a lot of money. This person promised to make me R15 000 in three hours if I paid them R5 000. I didn’t have R5 000 but unfortunately, I invested my last R1 000.
“I was broke and had a family to take care of. My desperation was coupled with the fact that I had not worked since lockdown. In December, I was lucky and found a piece job.
“I saved R1 000 and I was planning to buy stationery and school uniforms in January. I kept searching for other ways to make money.”
“I asked her to refund my money, but she started telling me stories. I insisted, but she blocked me.”
Sivuyile said he was still convinced he was speaking to Shauwn. “I still believe I was scammed by her because she correctly updated her status and photos on Facebook.”
Speaking through her personal assistant Qhawe Holomo, Shauwn said she didn’t have a Facebook account.
“Shauwn does not have a Facebook account but a verified Instagram account.
“She’s done everything to warn people about these fake accounts. She’s explained she doesn’t do trading. It’s sad to see people scammed in her name.”
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