The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in the Free State strongly warns service providers of scammers using Social Relief of Distress (SRD-food parcel) to defraud people. Scammers, claiming to be from the agency, are allegedly extorting money from the service providers in exchange for awarding tenders.
Motshewa Maleka, SASSA provincial spokesperson, said reports were brought to their attention over numerous service providers that were scammed by people claiming to be from SASSA and are extorting money from service providers in exchange for awarding tenders. “SASSA in the Free State would therefore like to alert service providers that have submitted their bid documents for tenders not to fall for this scam. Some scammers claim to be the regional executive manager of SASSA. If a service provider is eligible or qualifies for a tender, SASSA, through its supply chain management will notify them at an appropriate time,” said Maleka.
Service providers are also warned against providing details and sending money to people who claim to be from the agency. “SASSA will not ask money from service providers in order to award tenders,” he said.