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2021
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Naspers warns public of scams

Cape Town, 7 July 2021 – Naspers has been made aware of scams targeting members of the South African public. The scammers are impersonating Naspers or pretending to be affiliated with Naspers.

The scammers use messaging apps or websites to spread false information to trick people out of their money. They promise high returns, often within hours of investing if people put money into the scammers’ bank accounts.

The adverts on apps and websites, including WhatsApp and Facebook, can look very convincing because they often use Naspers logos which the scammers have copied from the official Naspers website.

We urge you to be very cautious if you receive calls, text messages or emails from unknown people, particularly when you are asked to pay money. Naspers will never do this.

Naspers is not a trading platform. The company is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa.

If you would like to invest in the stock market you can visit https://www.jse.co.za/grow-my-wealth or https://www.a2x.co.za/a2x-approved-brokers/ to find out more.

Avoid being scammed: 

  • Never respond to a call, WhatsApp, SMS or email that you were not expecting, even if it looks official.
  • If you receive unexpected calls or messages from companies you do business with that ask you to give information or money, it is better to not reply. Instead, contact their customer service team using the details provided on their official website to check if the contact you received was really them.
  • Use extreme caution when clicking on links and attachments included in messages and emails that you were not expecting to receive, even if they appear to be from a company or person you do business with. 
  • If you believe you have responded to a scam message or email, contact your bank immediately so they can help to protect you.

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About Naspers:

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

In South Africa, Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the technology sector and is committed to building its internet and e-commerce companies in the country. These include Takealot, Mr D Food, Superbalist, OLX, Autotrader, Property24 and PayU, in addition to Media24, South Africa’s leading print and digital media business.

Naspers is also focused on stimulating South Africa’s local tech sector through Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment targeting early-stage technology companies in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. To help address youth unemployment in impoverished communities, in 2019, Naspers launched Naspers Labs, a social impact programme for young, unemployed South Africans aged between 17 and 25. Located in low income, urban settings, Naspers Labs provide a structured development journey enabling young people to enter the economy.

Naspers has a primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (NPN.SJ) and a secondary listing on the A2X Exchange (NPN.AJ) in South Africa and has an ADR listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: NPSN).

For more information, please visit www.naspers.com.

About Naspers Foundry: 

Naspers Foundry is an early-stage business funding initiative focused on technology entrepreneurs in South Africa. Over the past year, Naspers Foundry invested R30 million in SweepSouth, an online home and business cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable cleaners. Visit SweepSouth for more information.

After year-end, in May 2020, Naspers Foundry invested a further R100 million in Aerobotics, an agritech company that provides tree crop health and yield intelligence data to the agricultural industry using drone and satellite-enabled AI technology. Visit Aerobotics for more information.

In September 2020, Naspers Foundry closed a transaction in Food Supply Network on undisclosed terms. The independent B2B marketplace integrates ordering systems of manufacturers, distributors, and buyers (restaurants, hotels and retailers) of food products. Visit Food Supply Network for more information.

In November 2020, Naspers Foundry invested R45 million in The Student Hub, an edtech company that increases access to vocational education to large numbers of students whilst reducing the costs of delivery of education and training. Visit The Student Hub for more information.

Visit Naspers Foundry for more information.

About Naspers Labs:

Naspers Labs is the group’s flagship social impact programme designed to transform and launch South Africa’s unemployed youth into economic activity. Currently, in its pilot phase, Naspers has invested R69 million in Naspers Labs and has set up four labs.

To date, over 2,000 young people have completed the Naspers Labs programme and 956 employment placements have been made. As a result of Covid-19, Naspers Labs is expanding its offering to train youth in Cyber Security, Software Development and Cloud Computing, through remote learning.

Visit www.nasperslabs.org for more information.

About Naspers

Established in 1915, Naspers has transformed itself to become a global consumer internet company and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Through Prosus, the group operates and invests globally in markets with long-term growth potential, building leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities. Prosus has its primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Naspers is the majority owner of Prosus.

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