New Sassa card scam alert

A valid Sassa card has the colours of the South African flag and it will not be replaced by a card that is green in colour.

The Department of Social Development says it is aware of a new card scam doing the rounds. The department has alleged that scammers are sending a message to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries, telling them to exchange their current cards for a card called a “green card” before the end of the year. Sassa national spokesperson, Kgomoco Diseko, says that Sassa has never communicated with its beneficiaries through cell phone messages, and warns beneficiaries not to respond to these SMSs.
Many Sassa beneficiaries, especially the elderly, have been experiencing illegal monthly withdrawals from their card accounts by fraudulent companies, claiming that it’s for airtime or unregistered funeral policies. Diseko says that in an attempt to stop these withdrawals, Sassa has been educating the community on how to protect their personal information and not to give access of their cards to just anybody. He says they have received positive responses from the community regarding the education campaign. “That is why some of these companies are changing their tactics now, by sending these SMSs directly to the beneficiaries.”
The department encourages beneficiaries to be vigilant during the upcoming festive season, as scammers tend to increase their fraudulent activity. Diseko says it’s important to remember that Sassa employees will never visit your home, unless you have invited them; they work from their offices. Sassa employees always have a name tag with their photo attached and beneficiaries can write down this name and call the department’s offices to verify their identity or lay complaints.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to ignore these SMSs and if unsure, they can call Sassa on 0800 60 10 11 for enquiries.
According to the department the payment cycle for December 2016 will start on 28 November and end on 15 December 2016. Beneficiaries can start collecting their money at ATMs and other payment channels from 28 November 2016. Payment at paypoints will start between the 28 November and 1 December 2016. Funds will be available for collection at ATMs and other payment channels until Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 16:00. The last date of payment at paypoints will be 15 December 2016. – Seithati Semenokane