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MTN warns customers of fake MTN Facebook accounts

MTN would like to warn its customers about two parody social media accounts, namely MTN AWOOF Giveaway and MTN Free Dashout that purport to be official MTN accounts. These are NOT MTN's official accounts, nor have they been endorsed by MTN or any of its third-party service providers.

These accounts are run by scammers who use them to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

We wish to strongly urge our customers not to fall prey to these accounts as they are not official and legitimate MTN accounts. Customers who wish to interact with us on social media can do so by using our official platforms which are listed below.

In recent months, MTN has seen a growth of parody social media accounts, particularly on Facebook, with some customers receiving friend requests from users claiming to be MTN agents who offer to assist them with their queries privately.

"We encourage our customers to be on high alert and when uncertain, to verify the validity of purported MTN social media accounts by calling our call centre on 083 808 or by visiting any MTN retail centre.

"Our social media team are in regular contact with Facebook to remove these fake accounts as soon as we become aware of them."

The list of official MTN SA social media handles are as follows:Twitter: @MTNza and @MTNzaServiceFacebook: MTN South AfricaInstagram: @MTNza

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MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN".

As at the end of 30 June 2010, MTN recorded 129.2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East. Visit http://www.mtn.com and http://www.mtnfootball.com.