SASSA has identified potential fraud cases on 2800 accounts from different banks and the Post Office and has therefore stopped payment on these accounts.
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has identified potential fraud cases on 2 800 accounts from different banks and the South African Post Office (SAPO). The vast majority of these cases are from the Eastern Cape.
As a precautionary measure, SASSA requested banks and SAPO to stop payment on those accounts. This is done so as to prevent fraudulent activity on those accounts by preventing funds from being drawn during the July payment cycle and subsequent ones if necessary.
Any innocent and affected beneficiaries whose payments have been stopped, are advised to make an affidavit at the police station. The affidavit should confirm the correctness of bank details and account holder details. After making an affidavit, a beneficiary must take their bar coded or smart card ID together with the completed affidavit to SASSA. Those using personal banks must bring along proof of banking details from their banks.
SASSA would like to assure the public that, there is no beneficiary who will not receive a grant they are entitled to, due to fraud they didn’t partake in. As soon as a beneficiary with a stopped payment has reported the matter, SASSA will facilitate a refund after an investigation has been done.
SASSA and its partners in the banking industry will remain on high alert to ensure that the right grant goes to the right person. Beneficiaries are urged to work with officials and the police to report any criminal activity pertaining to social grants so that these fraudsters can be arrested and finally convicted.