The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is working with police to nab a fraudster who has been selling SASSA cards on a Ballito jobs group.
Last week Thabiso Cele posted an advertisement on the closed group offering SASSA cards for child grants and pensioners.
“Hello my name is Thabiso Cele and I’m selling SASSA cards. The child grant card is R600 pays R400 p/m and the pensioners card is R1200 pays R1600 p/m. You get a pin linked to the card number and it gets activated after three days,” the advert read.
The number provided on the Facebook post is unreachable and Cele’s Facebook account has been deactivated.
SASSA has since issued a statement warning beneficiaries that their services are not for sale.
SASSA acting CEO Abraham Mahlangu said stolen cards were sold for different amounts of money by scammers but are deactivated on the system and are worthless.
“The public is warned not to be tempted to try and buy them as they are useless. No grants can be drawn from the stolen cards and anyone using them stands to lose out and if caught, may be charged with possession of stolen property.”
Mahlangu urged the public to report suspected scams to the agency or to police.
SASSA officials will never ask for money to issue a SASSA card.
Beneficiaries are reminded to keep their PIN secret and not to disclose their card and ID numbers at all.”
Beneficiaries should call SASSA on 0800601011 whenever they are offered any service relating to social grants for money no matter how little the charge could be.
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