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SASSA stops issuing cards due to fraud

There has been an increase in the number of fraudulent cases including the cloning of the SASSA cards. The South African Social Security Agency and the South African Post Office have decided to stop the issuing of SASSA cards to the new social grants applicants due to the fraud that’s currently on the rise. 

There have been numerous incidents where the grant cards were used fraudulently. There has been an ongoing number of incidents over the months that SASSA was faced with. SASSA feels the need to upgrade their security system in an attempt to eliminate fraudsters from cloning cards. 

iRead: SASSA Grant Payments for the month of November 2020

EastCoastRadio reported that earlier this month, a policewoman was caught with 49 SASSA card at an ATM and more than R2000 in cash at Phoenix, north of Durban.  In a separate incident, two men were found red-handed with 495 SASSA cards and 84 Bank cards in KZN, Ashburton, a town in Msunduzi Local Municipality near N3, about 12 km east of Pietermaritzburg.

Cited from EastCoastRadio, reported that ‘It’s believed that there are syndicates using a modus operandi of transferring money out of the cards into the cell phone numbers linked to the sim cards. ‘

The continuation of issuing cards will resume as soon as the security system has been upgraded in a month or so, according to SASSA. 

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