SASSA scams making the rounds in the metro

2016-11-09 06:01

SEVERAL South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have fallen victim to recently discovered scams.

One such victim is Ivy Janse van Rensburg, a resident of Greenshields Park.

She lost about R1 500 of her SASSA money in February and she is still not quite certain what happened.

Janse van Rensburg, whose grandson lives with her, tried to withdraw her SASSA money from an ATM, only to be told that she had insufficient funds. She and her grandson were confused and thought for a moment that the ATM had swallowed her card.

She then phoned the number on the back of her ABSA card for Gridrod Bank, who provides banking services for SASSA, and requested a bank statement.

They refused to give her a statement. Eventually, they paid her the amount she had ‘lost’, but she was not given a reason why the money was not in her account.

“I was devastated. We need money to survive and I have my grandson to look after,” she said.

According to Janse van Rensburg, she is not the only one to whom this has happened. Her neighbour across the street has also noticed irregularities regarding her SASSA account.

“I told her to report it to the Walmer police station. I was able to sort my problem out on my own, but some of these people are dependents. My neighbour is in a wheelchair. What is she supposed to do?” Janse van Rensburg said.

The most recent of the SASSA scams was reported on October 27 by PE Express’s sister publication, UD News, when it was revealed that several SASSA beneficiaries had received fraudulent telephone calls requesting an update of their details and their PIN numbers.

Thamsanqa Singeni, Eastern Cape SASSA spokesperson, firmly replied, “SASSA does not ask for personal details, account details and pins over the phone. Nor does the agency update its database telephonically. SASSA does not do business outside its offices.”

  • Sengeni encouraged beneficiaries to report incidents like the above to law enforcement agencies or by calling the SASSA toll-free number - 080 060 1011 or by visiting the nearest local office.

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