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NSFAS scam alert: Students warned on allowance increase fraud

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Oct 28, 2021

A National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) scam has driven the financial aid scheme to urgently warn students against hoax websites.

FAKE CIRCULAR CLAIMS FUNDING INCREASE

The organisation also warned of suspicious messages or calls from fraudsters posing as its officials. Most importantly, students should not provide their personal details as it allows the scammers to gain access to their accounts on NSFAS.

The alarm bells rang after a fake Circular Notice 22 started doing the rounds on social media. It claimed that student allowances will increase in the 2022 academic year.

“NSFAS can confirm that the circular is fake and consists of false information,” NSFAS said in a statement.

STUDENTS MUST REPORT NSFAS SCAM

The body further encouraged students to be on the lookout for the sham and if spotted, should immediately report it. The national financial aid scheme also confirmed that it has done its bit to report the hoax to the relevant authorities.

“Students are encouraged to constantly monitor our social media platforms for updates. Any Circular or information that is released to the public through unofficial communication should be regarded as disinformation.”

To conclude, the organisation pleaded with students, prospective applicants, and local citizens to contact a number should they stumble upon suspicious messages or calls from fraudsters or links to the NFAS scam websites. The number is the Vuvuzela Hotline on 0860 247 653.

Meanwhile, the nation’s 2021 matriculants officially began their final examinations on Wednesday. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga urged pupils and their parents to help the department deliver credible exams and avoid another cheating scandal. More than 735 000 full-time candidates have registered to write, while the number of part-time candidates stands at 128,451.

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