Social grant fraud suspected

2019-07-10 06:00

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) announced that payments to 2 800 accounts of social grants beneficiaries had been stopped at different banks in the country because of suspected fraud.

Payments to certain accounts with the South African Post Office (SAPO) have also been stopped.

According to the agency, accounts have been identified as potentially fraudulent.

The chief culprits are in the Eastern Cape.

As a precautionary measure, Sassa said banks and SAPO were requested to stop payment to those accounts. This means there will be no withdrawal during the July payment and subsequent cycle.

Sassa has advised any affected beneficiaries whose payments have been stopped to go to a police station to make an affidavit confirming legitimacy of personal details, account holder details and bank details as well physical presence.

Beneficiaries must then take their bar coded or smart card ID together with the completed affidavit to Sassa.

Those using personal banks are advised to bring along proof of banking details from their banks.

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