Beware: These ‘SASSA’ calls are fake!

2016-10-27 06:00

“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.”

This firm message is from Thamsanqa Singeni, Eastern Cape spokesperson of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), regarding fraudulent telephone calls received by beneficiaries.

The UD News received information regarding a man claiming he is from SASSA, phoning beneficiaries in Uitenhage requesting them for personal information to “update the database”.

A family member of one of the elderly persons who has fallen prey to one of these fraudulent calls said, “He requested the last four numbers of my grandmother’s SASSA card. Then he asked for her identification number as well as PIN,” said the family member who wished not to be named.

Do not fall prey

According to Singeni, SASSA beneficiaries must beware not to fall prey to these scams and other ambush tactics via the use of a telephone.

“SASSA cards are for drawing grant money only. Beneficiaries should not respond to calls or a SMS where companies are offering products such as airtime and other financial products or loans against SASSA payment cards.

“Authorised deductions - which SASSA allows in terms of legislation - to be made against SASSA cards include a funeral policy deduction that does not exceed 10% of the grant value (not a child’s grant).

“Please report any SASSA official who is involved in the sale or promotion of any products that require payment through a SASSA payment card.”

  • Sengeni requested beneficiaries to report incidents like the above to law enforcement agencies or by calling SASSA toll-free number (0800 60 10 11) or by visiting the nearest local office and reporting such occurrences.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.