- South African citizens have reportedly been messages from SASSA to provide their banking details
- The SMS claims that this is in order to access the special temporary Covid-19 grant
- Briefly.co.za looks into the validity of the messages causing confusion in Mzansi
South Africans have allegedly been receiving messages requesting their banking details in order to access the Covid-19 grant.
There is indeed a R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant and the message in question prompts the receiver to verify their account details.
"Your account number has been approved among those that are qualified for the government's R350 Covid-19 intervention fund. This amount will be credited to your account after you verify your details."
The receiver is then prompted to provide sensitive information including the number at the back of their personal bank card.
However, SASSA has since condemned the message as fake, issuing a warning to South Africans.
"Please do not give your bank details to anyone via SMS, as it is NOT from SASSA. The special temporary COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress will only be applied for as soon as its application system is in place, which will be announced when ready."
The grant provider encouraged citizens to spread awareness over the fraudulent message in a bid to protect potential victims.
"This is the new way of bank fraud in the name of Covid-19 , don't give your bank details to anyone via message. Once you do that, you have yourself to blame as the government will not request such information via SMS. Please share with your friends in different groups."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced the temporary grant in answer to the economic difficulties facing citizens with strict lockdown measures in place.
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