Scam Alert: “You Don’t have to Pay R30” to Apply for Coronavirus Grants

Some applicants complain that the WhatsApp system and SMS number are unresponsive.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has announced the criteria for the R350 Covid-19 relief grant announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

Scammers are taking advantage of the jobless who are trying to apply for the COVID-19 Special Grant of R350 a month.

Ahead of the payouts this week, the Social Development Ministry has issued a scam alert.

The ministry has warned unemployed South Africans not to pay R30 towards their application for the unemployment grant.

Desperate people have been warned against responding to messages that say: “We help You To Apply for Social Relief of Stress Grants.”

The message prompts unemployed South Africans to pay R30 to fast-track their applications for the R350 grant.

“The Department of Social Development is urging all potential COVID-19 Special Grant beneficiaries to NOT pay any money for applications,” the department warns on its official twitter page.

“Applying for the R350 grant is free.”

Applications for the temporary COVID-19 grant officially opened for applications on Monday – but several applicants are frustrated by the system.

Some applicants complain that the WhatsApp system and SMS number are unresponsive.

For those who managed to register, their first R350 grant will be paid from this week starting on 15 May.

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