Be wary of ‘SASSA’ scammers

The Department of Social Development is warning grant recipients to be
on their guard against con artists posing as social security officials. Thedepartment said in a statement that SocialDevelopment MEC Albert Fritz had receivedcomplaints from all over the province about people being phoned by scammers posing as South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)representatives.

In 2015, the provincialdepartment received96complaints with 103 cases so far this year.

Sassa has announced that social grant beneficiaries will be receiving mid-year grant increases, following an announcement made by Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini.

The increases are effective from this Saturday October 1.

As from October 1 the value of each grant will be as follows:

Old age, under 75 – R1 510

Old age older than 75 –
R1 530

War veterans – R1 530

Grant-in-aid – R360

Child support – R360

Care dependency – R1 510

Foster child – R890

Ms Dlamini urged those who have a funeral policy premium to visit a Sassa office to secure continuation of their policy deductions beyond November this year.

You can report suspected social grant fraud and corruption to or call about funeral policy deductions to the Sassa toll-free number 0800 60 10 11 as Sassa will stop all funeral policy deductions made against all children’s grants and disability grant from December.