New scam targets SASSA beneficiaries

The South African Social Security Agency social grant programme has issued a warning to SASSA beneficiaries about a new scam to defraud beneficiaries.

According to SASSA CEO, Totsie Memela, the fraudsters claim to be SASSA employees and they move around in communities with skimming devices to supposedly check if their social grant is still valid. The unsuspecting beneficiary’s card is swiped through the device which clones the card that is later used to withdraw the beneficiary’s money.

“SASSA would like to warn all social grant beneficiaries to be alert and not to co-operate with anybody who requests their cards in the street or at home for whatever reason. SASSA does not send its staff to people’s homes to tamper with their cards. The public is requested to report these incidents immediately to the police or contact SASSA on 0800601011 or social media,” he said.

Memela said SASSA has also received reports about fraudsters in North West following beneficiaries who have been paid. “Beneficiaries are advised to always keep their SASSA card’s PIN safe and not to divulge it to anyone.”