Sassa card scam alert

2017-09-22 06:00
Sassa beneficiaries are asked to be wary of callers claiming to be Sassa officials. PHOTO: sourced

Sassa beneficiaries are asked to be wary of callers claiming to be Sassa officials. PHOTO: sourced

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SAPS have warned Sassa card holders against scammers who call beneficiaries claiming to be Sassa officials.

Sassa spokesperson Kgomoco Diseko told the Fever last month that the procurement process for a new service provider had begun and beneficiaries would be asked to update their payment cards with the agency in the coming months.

Scammers have apparently taken advantage of this process as Port Shepstone cluster police say they have received reports of card holders receiving calls from people claiming to be Sassa officials who are busy with the card renewal process.

Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said so far the elderly were targeted.

“The caller requests confidential information such as ID numbers, card numbers and PIN numbers.”

He advised beneficiaries to take caution.

“Sassa card holders are advised not to divulge such confidential information over the phone, especially the PIN number, which should under no circumstances be given to anyone else, not even a Sassa official,” said Pandarum.

Sassa Communication and Marketing Manager Mbizeni Mdlalose said on Tuesday the transition process at the agency had not yet begun.

“Please note we haven’t started any transition to any institution. We will inform our beneficiaries when we are changing our cards,” said Mdlalose.

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