The letter claims that the South African Government has decided to compensate some affected homes, industries, farms and other establishments through a compensation program set-up in accordance with the recent Parliamentary Agreement as issued and agreed after the State of the Nation Address. It further states that the property owner claims an amount of R950 000.00 as compensation for damages caused by power interruptions.
The property owner is directed to a contact person supposedly at the Reserve Bank, via one of three e-mail addresses or telephone number.
The South Africa Load Shedding Compensation Program does not exist and this is yet another variation of the well know Nigerian 419 scams where the property owner is convinced to pay an upfront fee in order to obtain a much bigger pay-out which never materializes .
Below is a sample of such a scam letter kindly provided to us by Glenda Van Der Westhuizen.