‘Not me’: Calle distances himself from scam impersonation

01 March 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

The agriculture and lands ministry has warned the public against a scam fraudulently using the name of minister Calle Schlettwein to solicit funds.

The ministry says small businesses have received invitations to apply for grants for agricultural programmes in Namibia, with the purported aim of improving the country’s economy and contributing to job creation.

The invitations were purported to come from agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein, using a Google email address, [email protected], which the ministry said does not belong to the minister.

According to the ministry, a Namibian citizen fell for this scam and applied for the supposed grant on 10 February.

He was subsequently notified that his application for a coronavirus relief grant of £30 000 (N$620 649) had been successful and he was requested to pay an ‘insurance fee’ of £200 (N$4 137).

The man smelled a rat and contacted the minister’s office to confirm the authenticity of the offer.

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