SASSA beneficiaries will receive their December and January 2020 grants earlier this year than in previous months.According to a statement issued by SASSA last week, the December payment of social grants will start from November 28, and this applies to beneficiaries who collect their money from ATMs and stores.SASSA spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi, said beneficiaries who received their payments in cash at SASSA pay points, would receive their December grants from December 2, on the specific days communicated to them during their previous payment. January 2020 social grants will be available from December 31, due to the public holiday on January 1, 2020. “The early December payment should not be seen as a bonus or double payment, as it is mainly intended for the convenience of beneficiaries. SASSA does not pay a bonus at all and beneficiaries are paid for 12 months per year only,” Letsatsi said. Beneficiaries are urged to protect their PINS and avoid giving strangers their ID numbers, even if they claim to be coming from SASSA because the PIN is a beneficiary’s secret. They should not fall prey to scams distributed through WhatsApp, SMS and/or social media. Letsatsi added, “The public is urged to be vigilant around the festive season and double check misleading information sounding too good to be true. This is the time where most beneficiaries are targeted through a lot of scams that criminals are circulating with an effort to rob unsuspecting beneficiaries of their money. “SASSA offices, toll-free line and its social media pages are the only sources that will provide correct and accurate information,” Letsatsi said.Beneficiaries are advised to call the SASSA toll free on 0800 601 011 for queries.