Cheryl Kahla
Deputy Online News Editor
2 minute read
3 Nov 2021
6:57 am

Sassa scam alert: No, you can’t apply for food parcel vouchers

Cheryl Kahla

The fake advert invited Sassa beneficiaries to apply for 'free social relief food parcel vouchers'.

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has warned clients of a new food parcel voucher scam.

On Wednesday, Sassa shared a screenshot of a social media post, and urged citizens to be cautious when sharing personal information online.

Here’s what you need to know.

Sassa scam alert

Fake food parcel vouchers

The post – which initially began doing the rounds on Facebook – invited Sassa beneficiaries to apply for “free social relief food parcel vouchers”. Sassa warned:

“The information is fake and does NOT come from Sassa”.

If users clicked on the link, they would have likely been taken to a phishing site. The fraudulent webpage has since been taken down.

Clothes voucher scam

Scams targeting beneficiaries have become prevalent of late.

Back in October, Sassa also warned against a post inviting beneficiaries to take their Sassa card and ID document to their nearest Pep store.

Beneficiaries were told they would be able to apply for “kids clothes vouchers before 4 November”. This too, Sassa confirmed, was a scam.

When to collect Sassa money

Beneficiaries can start collecting their grant money from today, 3 November. Senior citizen grants will be paid out today.

Disability grants will open on Thursday 4 November, with all other grants opening for receipt on Friday 5 November.

However, Sassa said there is no need to “rush to withdraw cash on the first day”.

“Once the money is in the account, it will remain there until it is needed,” the agency said.

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Covid-19 SRD grant report

The Department of Social Development has released a report that looked into the Special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 grant.

President Cyril Ramaphosa first announced the special grant in April 2020 as part of the government’s R500 billion stimulus package, after Covid-19 hit South African shores.

The SRD grant was aimed at those aged between 18 and 59 years without any source of income support, and those facing undue hardships due to unemployment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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