SASSA Denies Rumours of R700 Grant Payments

Now that applications for the R350 grant has closed and many calls have come for it to be extended, vulnerable South Africans are being taken advantage of. A message spread that SASSA has approved R700 payments which they have now clarified.

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No, SASSA has not approved payments of R700 and you should definitely not click on the link you saw tied to this message.

SASSA has now had to clarify the latest in SASSA scams which saw a message saying, "The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has approved the payment of  R700", spreading.

To this, SASSA said:

Please note that the below information is false and does NOT come from SASSA.

The image making the rounds is as follows:

SASSA Grant Payment Scam

The scam then instructs beneficiaries to click on a link which they say is the "official disbursement site" where you will be instructed to fill in personal information.

The message goes on to say that Batch B payments have been completed and that Batch C is set to begin as registration is open.

SASSA has an anti-fraud strategy to crack down on criminals and anyone trying to take advantage of beneficiaries.  

SASSA CEO, Totsie Memela said as part of the anti-fraud strategy, SASSA is working with the justice system to crack down on attempts of fraud and theft. 

"We have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and will stop at nothing to root it out at first sight, so criminals, be warned," said Memela.

Members of the public are encouraged to report cases of corruption to the anti-corruption hotline on 0800 43 43 73.

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