UIF Flags Latest Online Scam



Scammers are at it again in their efforts to target unsuspecting people who rely on state entities for crucial services. This time they set their sights on UIF clients, but the labour department has sounded the alarm calling clients not to fall for it.   



The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), has issued a warning about a new scam that is circulating on social media platforms. The UIF took to their official Twitter account on Tuesday to alert their clients, stakeholders, and all South Africans about the fraudulent scheme.

According to the message being spread on social media, scammers are claiming that individuals are entitled to a payout of R21 785 from the UIF. However, they are requesting a payment of R298.87 under the guise of a "UIF Registration and Clearance" fee before releasing the funds.

The UIF has categorically stated that their services are completely free, and they never request any payment for their services. This latest scam is an attempt by fraudsters to exploit unsuspecting individuals who may be seeking financial assistance during these challenging times.

The UIF has urged anyone who receives this message to immediately discard it and refrain from engaging or making any payments to the scammers. The fund has also encouraged the public to play an active role in fighting fraud and corruption by reporting such incidents through various channels.

Individuals who come across this scam or any other fraudulent activity related to the UIF are encouraged to report it to the following platforms:

  • UIF Fraud Hotline: 0800 601 148
  • Department of Employment and Labour Hotline: 0860 666 883
  • National Anti-Corruption Hotline: 0800 701 701

By reporting these scams, individuals can help authorities identify and apprehend the perpetrators, protecting others from falling victim to such fraudulent schemes.

It is crucial to remain vigilant and cautious when it comes to online transactions and offers that seem too good to be true. The UIF advises individuals to rely on official channels and credible sources for information regarding their services.

Scammers often exploit the vulnerable by impersonating legitimate organisations, making it important for the public to verify any claims before taking any action.


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The Unemployment Insurance Fund provides temporary financial support to workers who are unemployed or that are unable to work due to several circumstances. However, these funds are only available to individuals who contribute to the fund.




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