The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has received several enquiries from the public regarding a message circulating on social media about how to register for a R350 grant using WhatsApp. The message claims that users have to send their names and IDs to a number in order to register. However, this is not true.
The public is urged not to respond or share personal information with people who claim they can help them with grant applications as this is a scam. Anyone who has already shared this information should contact SASSA via its website or call their call centre at 0800 222 466.
How To Register For R350 Grant On Whatsapp
There is a service that claims to allow users to register for the R350 grant using their WhatsApp number. The message is fake, and the number that it provides is also fake. The message has been circulating in South Africa since April 2019 and can be found on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. It states:
“Register For The R350 Grant On Whatsapp Message This Number [number provided]”
According to the message, users have to send their names and ID numbers to a specific number to register.
However, the number is not a SASSA number – it’s a scam!
The message is an attempt by scammers to obtain your personal information for identity theft purposes or even worse, credit card fraud and other financial crimes. Don’t fall for it!
The claims have been investigated and are false.
The Department of Social Development (DSD) is aware of a WhatsApp message titled ‘R350 Grant’ that has been circulating on social media platforms, purporting to offer beneficiaries with grants from the DSD. The claims are false and should not be responded to by members of the public who may have received such messages.
In addition, DSD would like to reassure its beneficiaries that it does not send out unsolicited messages to recipients or potential recipients requesting personal information.
The public are urged not to respond to these messages or share personal information with people who claim to be able to help them with grant applications.
The Department of Social Development has received numerous reports from the public regarding such messages on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
Anyone who has already shared this information should contact the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
If you have already shared this information, please contact the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
SASSA will never ask for personal information through WhatsApp. Do not share any personal information with anyone who contacts you with a request to register for a grant. Please only send your details to: [email protected]
The message is a scam. The person who sent it likely had access to your contact information and used that knowledge to trick you into thinking they are SASSA, which is the South African Social Security Agency. SASSA does not use WhatsApp or any other messaging platform as a way of distributing grants.
The message also suggests that you need R350 (about $23 USD) in order to register for your grant, but this is false. All the information needed for registration can be found on their website: https://www.sassa.gov.za/.
If you have been scammed by this message, please contact the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) as soon as possible. If they have already shared their personal information with someone who claims to be able to help them with their grant application, they should contact that person immediately and ask them not to share any more personal details via WhatsApp or email.