Sassa warns of fake R700 grant application form circulating online

Sassa warns of fake R700 grant application form circulating online

Several social media posts are circulating claiming they have a grant application form for R700 for the year 2022, and Sassa warns people not to fall victim to them.

South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has appeared on social media with a post circulating suggesting that application forms for a grant of R700 are now available for people to apply for.

The grant is available to those between 18 and 35 years old through an online registration process.

It is a fake post, according to Sassa, and the link is not from the agency.

According to Sassa, the following fake information should be avoided. This message was not sent by Sassa. If you could ignore it or delete it, I would appreciate it.”

It is important to verify information before relying on it, according to Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi.

“When it comes to communication with our beneficiaries, there are proper ways to do so. 

Our team uses one of these platforms to send alerts to individuals due to the fact that we have their addresses so they can respond,” Letsatsi explained.

Sassa scam circulating on WhatsApp

Sassa provides advice to grant recipients regarding sharing personal information and verifying their contact details in the system when they receive social relief of distress (SRD) grants.

Following several calls from grant recipients complaining about their contact details changing, the agency’s customer care unit in Mpumalanga issued a statement.

People are being scammed by scammers using WhatsApp to help them with their application process.

A scammer asks for personal information from a person.

“ In order to scam applicants, the scammers use their personal information to change the contact details of candidates,” says Sassa.

How to change your contact details

In order to change your contact information, you’ll need your ID number.

Following the submission of that information, you will receive a phone number on your cell phone.

You can update your contact information by entering the OTP number.

If you need to update your contact information, you can do so on the R350 grant website.


You should confirm all news, posts, information, and advertisements before spreading them. It is possible to distinguish a real advertisement from a fake one. Contact the agency’s representatives to verify any news or posts you find about SASSA. The staff will be able to assist you with any questions you may have about this matter. 

Below is information about how to contact the agency.

  • Alternatively, you can call 0800 601 011 for SASSA’s USSD helpline
  • You can reach SASSA via WhatsApp at 082 046 8553
  • The agency can also be contacted via email. Email addresses for SASSA can be found at [email protected].

If you have any questions, you can ask them through these channels.

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