For those of you withdrawing your SASSA grants in December, the Social Development Department has issued a stern warning for all recipients. Handouts for the elderly, the disabled, and R350 grant applicants are likely to be targeted by ‘ATM scammers’, who are planning to prey on the vulnerable in the next few weeks.
On Wednesday, SASSA urged all social grant beneficiaries to be vigilant and ensure that they don’t fall victim to fraudsters and criminals when collecting their November and December social grants. Recipients have been told not to accept any assistance at ATMs from people posing as SASSA officials:
“Frail pensioners, people living with disability, and R350 grant beneficiaries are being targeted by thugs and scammers during the festive season. Some of these criminals visit pay points, pretend to be SASSA officials and others pretend to be offering assistance at the automated teller machine (ATMs).”
“If the beneficiaries suspect that the pin code has been exposed to the wrong person, they have a right to change it at the South African Post Offices or private banks. If beneficiaries encounter any challenges that the money has been withdrawn, they must ask for the statement at the Post Office or bank to see the transactions.”Mpumalanga SASSA spokesperson Senzeni Ngubeni
You can, however, avoid these stresses by following the three golden rules:
[Read] With the #festiveseason approaching, the @OfficialSASSA has urged all social grant beneficiaries to be vigilant and ensure that they don’t fall victim to fraudsters and criminals when collecting their November and December #socialgrants https://t.co/bXwuGO97Wt pic.twitter.com/YqWeWp2jYv— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) December 9, 2020