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MSF Scam Alert!
MSF Southern Africa has received a growing number of inquiries from people about individuals contacting them on online dating platforms or social media with claims of working with MSF abroad or locally requesting financial support for various reasons.
Our offices around the world
The MSF associations are linked to five Operational Centres (OC) who directly manage our humanitarian action in the field and decide when, where, and what medical care is needed.
MSF sections are offices that support our field work. They mainly recruit staff, organise fundraising, and raise awareness on the humanitarian crises our teams are witnessing. Each MSF section is linked to an association which defines the strategic direction of the section, and holds the section accountable for its work.
Some MSF sections have opened branch offices to extend this support work further. Currently there are 23 sections and 17 branch offices around the world.
Additional satellite offices exist to support our work, mainly for logistics, supply and epidemiology.
Our offices around the world
Media contacts and spokespeople
Welcome to MSF Southern Africa’s Press Room, aimed at media covering issues related to medical humanitarian relief and who are interested in MSF's work and the situations faced by our patients.
Our communications staff are in contact with MSF field staff in over 60 countries, including South Africa, and are here to help the media in telling these stories.
We are able to provide media with up-to-date information and interviews with MSF fieldworkers and spokespeople in our operational headquarters and field projects on the following topics:
- Emergency responses to natural and man-made disasters
- Humanitarian assistance in conflict zones
- Migrant and refugee health and vulnerability around healthcare
- Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), including multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensive drug-resistance TB (XDR-TB)
- Issues of access to essential medicines
- Sexual and gender-based violence
Seipati Moloi, Media Liaison Coordinator:
Mobile: +27 79 872 2950
Please be aware there have been cases of individuals posing as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff in order to scam people out of money.
MSF has received reports of third parties attempting to fraudulently obtain money on our behalf via email, social networking websites or apps, or in person at public locations.
The following is a list of scams and hoaxes that have been brought to our attention (please note this list is not exhaustive):
- People posing as MSF staff, or acting on behalf of MSF staff, on social networking websites or apps in order to lure unsuspecting members of the public to send funds to cover the travel costs of the alleged MSF staff member to return from a field mission.
- People posing as MSF staff who have been detained on their way home and asking for money to be transferred in order to secure their release from detention.
- People posing as MSF staff requesting money to pay for individual medical procedures for fictitious patients.
- An individual or individuals carrying out what appears to be fraudulent collections of money in public locations, while pretending to represent MSF.
Please note that these scenarios are situations that MSF staff never find themselves in.
MSF staff in the field have access to funds in an emergency situation and so have no need to request financial support from anyone, for either themselves or their patients.
All MSF staff have channels of contact if they find themselves in an unfortunate situation like losing their passport or have trouble with a visa. We will always provide the support they need to get home.
Unsure if you have been scammed?
Unfortunately, there is very little we can do to stop scams such as these and others from happening. If you are unsure if you are the subject of a scam or fraud involving a supposed MSF staff member, please contact Zoya Naidoo: email@example.com
What to do if you have been scammed
As soon as you are aware of a scam or fraud, please contact us immediately.