SASSA warns of fake SMS

2017-11-22 06:01

THE South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has warned beneficiaries not to fall prey to the recent fake SMS from people claiming to be SASSA officials.

According to a media statement released by SASSA, these fraudsters claim that there is a Christmas competition which SASSA beneficiaries should enter in order to win a prize.

“As a condition to enter such a competition, these fraudsters then ask beneficiaries to send their ID numbers, pins and SASSA card numbers,” the statement read. Beneficiaries are urged to ignore and delete these messages.

The statement said SASSA officials would never ask for pins or SASSA card numbers, adding that the agency did not run any Christmas competitions.

“Beneficiaries are reminded to keep their pins secret and not disclose their card and ID numbers at all.”

Acting SASSA CEO Pearl Bengu said the beneficiaries of social grants needed to be extra vigilant during this time of the year, as there were many fraudsters who would target the innocent and vulnerable.

“Beneficiaries should call SASSA on 0800 601 011 whenever they are offered something that sounds too good to be true because SASSA’s mandate is limited to paying social grants,” Bengu said. – REPORTER

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