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Felicia Nkhwashu
2 minute read
29 Nov 2018
12:29 pm

Sassa slams child-grant bonus scam

Felicia Nkhwashu

The latest scam informed child-grant beneficiaries that they would receive a R600 per child bonus next month.

The new SASSA card is gold in colour and has the country’s coat of arms on the right hand side and the letters ‘SASSA’ inscribed on the left. Photo: Facebook

The SA social security agency (Sassa) has called a widely distributed SMS claiming that child-grant beneficiaries will receive a R600 per child bonus next month “fake and misleading”, reports Centurion Rekord.

It confirmed that grants would be paid early due to the agency bringing its December payment cycle forward.

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Spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said: “Social grants for December will be paid as from the 28 November, and this applies to beneficiaries who collect their money from ATMs and stores. This is done in order to cushion the beneficiaries from the December rush which results in long queues in supermarkets and ATMs.”

According to payment schedules communicated by the agency, beneficiaries who received cash from cash vans at community halls would be paid from December 3.

Letsatsi said cash payments would be made on different days at various locations throughout the month.

But the agency emphasised it would not pay bonuses or double payments.

“Contrary to rumours that circulate on social media, the agency does not pay a bonus. In other words, if a beneficiary collects their December payment between the 28 November and the end of December they will only get the next payment at the beginning of January 2019,” said Letsatsi.

He said old Sassa cards would be discontinued from January 2019.

“Any beneficiary who is still using the old white Sassa card is requested to obtain the new gold card from Sassa or post offices as a matter of urgency. Any beneficiary who does not obtain the new Sassa card before 15 December won’t be paid in January. This is the final call that Sassa is making and the deadline won’t be extended,” he said.

The agency also cautioned against fake job vacancies posted on Facebook.

“Please note that this Facebook advert is fake. All agency vacancies are advertised on newspapers or the Sassa website only. Adverts on other platforms/social media are not from the agency.”

Letsatsi said the agency had noticed a lot of scams criminals perpetrated in an effort to take advantage of unsuspecting beneficiaries.

“Beneficiaries shouldn’t give strangers their ID or PINs – even those claiming to be from the agency.”

For any Sassa inquiry or for more information, call Sassa, toll-free on 0800-60-10-1.

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