Pensioners robbed

2015-05-12 06:00

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) has issued a warning to the residents of the Athlone and greater Cape Town areas after reports were received of an alleged con artist pretending to be a representative of SANZAF and cheating people out of their pensions.

According to a statement a female using the alias Shamielah Booysen has been contacting residents of Bridgetown, Silvertown, Parktown and Bontheuwel and asking them for their SASSA card details and ID numbers.

SANZAF was alerted to this matter after five residents reported the woman asking for their details.

It is also alleged that in some cases the woman said she was compiling a list on behalf of SANZAF of all pensioners and that these people would receive a food parcel from SANZAF if they provided their details.

It later emerged that the people who offered their personal details discovered their monthly pension was withdrawn without their consent or knowledge.

SANZAF’s acting administrator in the Western Cape, Abdurazaaq Razaaq, expresses his concern regarding the scam: “SANZAF is saddened by the fact that this scam artist is targeting some of the most vulnerable members of our society – pensioners. We wish to inform the public that SANZAF does not do door-to-door collections and will also never ask people for their SASSA card details or ID number either telephonically or during a home visit. SANZAF also does not request or accept money in exchange for food parcels or other services.”

He urges anyone who has more information about the scam artist to contact SANZAF’s Bridgetown office on 021 638 0965.

Sergeant Zita Norman, spokesperson for the Athlone police, says although no incidents were reported, they are aware of this scam. She also mentions that there is no identikit or photo of the suspect.

“SANZAF views this scam in a very serious light as we seek to empower and assist the elderly and other vulnerable members of our society. This scam therefore goes against the very essence of the work we do,” says SANZAF Western Cape chairperson Moulana Hassim Cassiem.

The organisation has also advised all victims to report the incidents to the police

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