‘Federal Government Survival Fund’ a scam, says Sassa

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Scammers are spreading news of a fake Covid-grant on social media, linking to this website.
Scammers are spreading news of a fake Covid-grant on social media, linking to this website.

A phishing text message circulating on social media saying that government is offering a R3 500 Covid-19 support grant to South African citizens is a hoax.

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) confirmed yesterday that the texts are a scam.

Sassa issued a “fake news alert” urging those who have received the text not to share it further or open the link provided in the text.

In the alert Sassa also directs all current and potential recipients to the official SRD portal.

The text, titled “Get Covid-19 Support Grant Fund” says more than three million South Africans would receive R3 500 for a period of six months.

It adds that first time applicants would be paid out within 24 hours of approval and encourages the recipient to share the registration link with friends and family.

The text, which is predominantly being circulated on WhatsApp, contains a link to an unsecured website that asks for the user’s personal information. According to the information on the website you are required to choose a method of payment and the funds would be paid into your account “as soon as possible”.

Commenting on the circulation of such texts, an SAPS official urged people not to enter their personal details on any unknown online platform.

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