Crime Alert: Ramsgate NGO Scammed
The Chairpersons and Committee of the Ramsgate Conservancy and Ramsgate Tourism wish to let you, the Members, know that we have recently become an unknowing victim of an e-mail scam that has resulted in our paying out funds intended for contractual payments for the refurbishment of the new Ramsgate Eco-Tourism Info Centre, to a third, fraudulent party. These scams have recently been widely broadcast in the media and innocent people are continuing to fall prey to these unscrupulous and malicious fraudsters each and every day. It is a testament to their lack of morals that they target community and charity organizations like ours. As a result of this scam, an amount of R75 000 has been paid from the project fund to a fraudster. Please be assured that it is by no means due to any negligence on our part, but we do however apologize unreservedly for the loss that we have incurred. A case had been opened with the police and the two banks concerned are working to resolve this issue. Please also be assured that further protocols and stricter measures have now been put in place in an attempt to prevent this from happening again and we ask you all to be alert when making any monetary payments whether in private or business capacity.
In the meantime, the show must go on! As a result of this situation, we are now short of funds to complete the project on time. Until such times as we know whether the banks will pay back the money, we urgently need to raise funds to continue.
Funds can be in the form of a loan or a donation. A local donor has kindly offered to enter into a ‘Match Funding’ situation with the community. In other words, for every Rand donated by a community member or business, this donor will match the donation Rand for Rand to raise the necessary funds. If you are not in a position to donate money, perhaps you would consider a loan to the project fund. Terms and conditions for loan repayments can be discussed on a ‘per situation’ basis.
Our goal is to finish the centre in time for an official opening at the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival on 2 August 2018.
As you can see from the visuals (before/after), a lot of work has been done to date, with access being wheelchair friendly throughout. This newly renovated building will be a real asset to the Ramsgate Community and its visitors.
We are extremely grateful to our donors who have helped us get the centre to its current stage:
- Ramsgate Conservancy Chairman’s Fund
- Ugu South Coast Tourism
- The Waffle House
- Bellevue Lodge
- Paul Reid Robinson
- Bills Best
- Wolf Security
- Margate Engineering
- Risk Sure
If you would be prepared to help, please contact the project coordinators for banking details and payment arrangements.
Sally Booker – firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 073 775 2861
Pauline Lee – email@example.com Cell: 083 654 4303