Doing Business in Sandton, January 2020


Welcome to the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter as advertised in our longstanding Newsletter: "Shopping in Sandton".  This short monthly newsletter will give you quick tips that can make your business more profitable, safer and –even– more fun!

Are you or someone you know looking for a hotel? Then see this month's Google tip.

Otherwise, you might want somewhere local to stay. We have a comfortable convenient cottage available in Morningside near Rivonia from March. See below.

We also list three of the many scam emails received this month, with a warning for your accounts department.

On-Line Business Tip: Search for Hotels on Google:

Google is the most popular search engine in the solar system. We know Google as a search engine that will find websites for you. However, nowadays Google is trying to make money from you directly rather than refer you to somebody else. Here is an example:

With the school holidays over, you might want to get away for a bit. You can find hotels on Google Search. Underneath the paid-for adverts, you can filter hotels by price, location, ratings, and hotel class. They will let you view hotel details, including photos and reviews. Then you can reserve a room with one of Google's "booking partners".

Scam Alert - Unexpected "Payment Confirmation", "Investment Invoice", or "Debit Order Confirmation"!

If you run a small company, you know your customers.  However, if your company has a separate accounts department, staff may be prone to opening emails from unexpected sources.  Especially when there seems to be money involved.  Remember: It's never a good idea to follow links sent by unknown sources!  Please tell your staff!

Here are a few scams we received recently:

From: CFO Chad Triseff
Subject: New Investment Invoice

Good News

We Happy Finish Inc is a registered company with the Secretary of State incorporation records (SOSI) we want you bring to your notice that we have been seeing the good result from previous investment and we want to prolong our next investment, for profound understanding kindly check the investment invoice <scam link>  <pretty bad English from a supposed American!>

Best Regards

Chad Trisef  <what? He spells his own surname differently in the "From" address?>
CFO • Author • Literacy Advocate
<what have those roles got to do with "our" investment?>
 Portland, Oregon Area
< a Gmail address, must be reputable!>


From: SAN I PRODUCTS CO., LTD [contact4h567 lamaygroup]
Subject: Re: Payment Confirmation

Good day,
Kindly find proof of payment for the deposit,We have transfered the payment, please find attached the payment slip and confirm with your bank.

Your earliest responds will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

<link to phishing document>

From: payalerts [mailing-038723 gosselinmetalsandminerals]
Subject: Debit Order Confirmation Request for DR NUMBER : 10111992522
Attachment: <Phishing html file>

Good Day

Please find attached a third-party payment confirmation scheduled to be debited from your account today.

If this payment was not authorized by you, please contact us as soon as possible.

Yours Faithfully
Sharron Bland
Debt Review Department
Credit Rehabilitations and Recoveries

Standard Bank email disclaimer and confidentiality notePlease go to to read our email disclaimer and confidentiality note. Kindly email disclaimer @ standardbank (no content or subject line necessary) if you cannot view that page and we will email our email disclaimer and confidentiality note to you.


Do You or Your Staff Need a Convenient Place to Stay??

Furnished Morningside Cottage to Let 1 March!

Close to Morningside and Rivonia shops and main bus routes, including two Gautrain bus routes: Roomy secure garden apartment with double bedroom, ample bathroom, carpeted split-level lounge-dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, patio, garden and double carport. Wi-Fi. Fully furnished and serviced including twice-weekly laundry. All for only R9000 a month for one person or R10,000 for two!

Call 082 389 3482, or reply to this email.


All the best from Rick at,

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