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Sassa warns pensioners of scammers

In the last week, at least five pensioners have fallen victim to scams which left them with counterfeit money at two pay points in Pretoria.

FILE: Pensioners standing in line as they wait to withdraw their monthly monies from a Sassa pay point at Shoprite in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is urging pension fund beneficiaries to only allow accredited officers to help them at pay points.

In the last week, at least five pensioners have fallen victim to scams which left them with counterfeit money at two pay points in Pretoria.

Four pension fund beneficiaries were duped at the Kopanong centre in Akasia, while the other was taken advantage of at a facility in Ga-Rankuwa.

Sassa's Nandi Mosia says they are carrying out their own inquiry, alongside a police probe.

“Never allow someone to assist you when counting your money at a pay point. This provides for an opportunity for the exchange of fake notes.

“Dispensers are used by the service provider. It’s been confirmed they cannot issue out fake money, they’re like ATMs.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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