6 000 fraudulent grant payments intercepted by SASSA in last month

6 000 fraudulent grant payments intercepted by SASSA in last month

- Sassa says they have intercepted thousands of fraudulent grant payments in the last month

- As a result, they are implementing stronger security measures

- The agency says it is confident it can combat social grant fraud

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The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has reportedly intercepted 6 000 fraudulent grants payments this month.

However, they say that the number of fraudulent accounts has dipped in the last few weeks with the implementation of stricter security measures.

Sassa says they are working closely with various stakeholders to put an end to this kind of fraud.

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Some of their security measures appear to be working, as the number of fraudulent payments they discovered decreased to 500 for the start of the August payment cycle, Briefly.co.za has gathered. These security measures are being implemented jointly by Sassa and the SA Post Office.

The Post Office has been issuing social grants on behalf of Sassa electronically since April 2018 and in cash since September 2018. However, the Post Office says the system is expensive and risky. As a result, some officials have called for the Post Office to stop distributing grants in cash.

The system is also vulnerable to fraud, as the stats released by Sassa show. However, the agency says they are confident they can combat this problem.

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According to Business Live, Sassa says the courts are also efficient in processing and prosecuting social grant fraud. A spokesperson for the agency said that the courts have also been successful in forcing fraudsters to pay back stolen grant money. 

"We can confidently say that the noose has tightened on these criminals and the law will deal harshly with them," the spokesperson said.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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