The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) have warned that fraud against the social grant system is a criminal offense.
Social grants are paid to South Africans in need every month. Grants like the R350-SRD, Disability, and Childcare Grants are paid on the stated dates, but what about how much potential fraud costs those who need it most?
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Fraud prevents the rightful grants from being paid to the rightful persons, as the agency’s slogan duly states.
Here’s what you should do about social grant fraud, and how you can report anything you might have noticed through the proper channels to make sure something gets done.
According to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the agency is taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to fraud and social grant-related crimes.
All forms of social grant fraud will be met with full investigation, including those who claim social grants using false information.
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South Africans are encouraged to report social grant crimes and fraud to the agency and SAPS, with the agency reminding that social grant fraud is criminal.
Crime goes up over the holidays, when criminals are more desperate – and victims can be more vulnerable.
Be careful when you collect (or spend) your social grant monies. Scammers are on the lookout for victims, and you might be in their sights over the holidays.
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Never let anyone claim or use your SASSA money. Someone who keeps your social grant card or money is committing a crime!
Grant recipients have been encouraged to remain vigilant, especially over the festive season.
Social grant fraud can include claiming grant monies with a false identity, or using someone else’s grant or money for your own personal gain. Using someone else’s Gold Card can also be considered a type of fraud against the system.
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Loans that claim to be from the social grant agency are also fraudulent, as no form of ‘social grant loans’ exist.
Anyone who claims they have a ‘contact’ at the agency is probably a fraudster, too. SASSA communicates only through their official channels.
Social grant fraud can be reported directly (and anonymously) to the agency’s hotline at +27 80 060 1011. Reports can also be sent to GrantEnquiries@sassa.gov.za via email.
If you suspect that a crime has been committed, the evidence can also be reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS).