The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has issued a warning to beneficiaries about unmarked cash vans visiting villages claiming to be sent by SASSA.
SASSA national spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said they have been receiving calls from beneficiaries who allege the imposters ask the beneficiaries to swipe their cards to maximize bank charges.
“SASSA wishes to inform the public that its cash payments at various paypoints are done through the South African Post Office (SAPO) and only started on Monday 08 October 2018. They should ignore anybody posing as SASSA, who offers to pay them,” she said.
Letsatsi urged beneficiaries to avoid requesting receipts when doing electronic payments at ATM’s.
“One should rather view their balances on the ATM screen to avoid unnecessary bank charges. They should also keep their PINs secret and not disclose them to anyone including SASSA officials. SASSA does not endorse any financial institution or their cards. There is only one SASSA card – it is gold in colour with a government emblem/logo at the top on either side. Any other card without these features is not a SASSA card,” she said.
She added that if a beneficiary wants to receive their grant through a card other than the SASSA card, they have to provide SASSA with a request for bank payment form.
Beneficiaries with queries can contact SASSA toll free on 080-060-1011 or message
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