The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is raising concerns about beneficiaries who have received fake SMS’s from people claiming to be SASSA officials. They claim that there is a Christmas competition which beneficiaries should enter so they win a prize. In order for them to enter the competition the fraudsters asked beneficiaries for their ID Numbers, Pins and SASSA card number.
The SMS’s read as follow “Dear SASSA client, you are selected in our Christmas draw 10 out of 100 clients can win 1500 that will be in your account the 1st of December 2017. Please urgently reply/ sms to enter in draw your ID no, last 4 digits of card no & your pin. Lucky Christmas draw… Sassa Head Office”
Beneficiaries are warned that if they get this sms is a scam and urged to ignore it. It is said that SASSA will never ask for your pin or card number. The Agency does nit have Christmas competition. Clients are reminded to keep their pin as secret . “Beneficiaries of social grants need to be extra vigilant during this time of the year, as they are many fraudsters who will target the innocent and vulnerable”, said Perl Bhengu, SASSA CEO. Beneficiaries are urged to call SASSA on 0800601011 for confirmation if offers.
By: Fortunate Machaba