UIF clients warned against con artists

2011-08-22 12:12

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has warned members of the public to be on the lookout for a syndicate that is masquerading as the fund’s administrators.

UIF commissioner Boas Seruwe has issued a warning to all UIF clients not to fill out or entertain forms from a group calling itself the UIF-Administrator of Fund or Unclaimed Income Fund.

Seruwe said: “This group or syndicate is circulating forms to businesses and ordinary people purporting to assist them with recovering ‘unclaimed monies’ from the UIF.

“In the fraudulent forms the fraudsters promise to recover inflated monthly amounts of R10 000 and more for their ‘clients’ for a period of 12 months.”

The UIF is in possession of fictitious and fraudulent forms at its head office in Pretoria that look similar to the legitimate, UIF’s UI-7 – a form which is provided to employers to declare payment for workers’ contributions to the UIF.

Unlike the legitimate UIF forms that are professionally printed, the fictitious forms have a shabby print and logo without a coat of arms.

“To indicate that this group is hellbent on defrauding people out of their hard-earned money, the fraudsters request applicants to enclose payment, with amounts ranging between R149.90 and R194.90,” he said.

The difference in the requested amounts depends on how fast the client wants the so-called unclaimed UIF monies to be processed.

The fictitious forms also promise clients that they will receive large payments only if they deposit a certain amount of money to a fictitious account including using credit cards, he said.

“Our services are free and the UIF does not charge its clients to process claims,” Seruwe said.

“This devious act from the fraudsters is intended to defraud our clients and tarnish the good image of the fund. We urge our clients not to deal with these unscrupulous characters and if in doubt please contact officials of the Fund who are ready to assist.”

» Contact the client service centre of the UIF on 012 337 1680

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