SASSA gold card

Shoprite offers a hassle-free payment solution for SASSA beneficiaries with expiring gold cards by switching to their free Money Market Account. Image: Supplied.

SASSA ‘Shoprite loans’: Agency distances itself from another online scam

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) issued a stern warning against an online scam claiming a loan partnership with Shoprite exists.

SASSA gold card

Shoprite offers a hassle-free payment solution for SASSA beneficiaries with expiring gold cards by switching to their free Money Market Account. Image: Supplied.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) distanced itself from an online scam circulating that claims the agency is involved in a loan partnership with supermarket Shoprite.

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SASSA clarifies misinformation: Public warned about circulating online scam involving loan partnership with Shoprite

The message circulating on social media says, “SASSA, along with Shoprite, provides loans to those people who are in need of money.”

SASSA slapped a massive “FAKE NEWS” graphic on the statement and informed the public that the advert was false.

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Proper communication channels

“When we communicate with our beneficiaries, there is a proper way in which we communicate. One of the platforms we use is to send alerts because we’ve got the addresses of individuals, so they are able to respond,” said SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi to TimesLive.

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As previously reported, Shoprite said those who need to renew their gold card could avoid queues by switching their payments to a Money Market Account at the supermarket for free.

READ MORE: Need to renew your SASSA gold card? Switch to Shoprite’s Money Market Account for free

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