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Home Affairs warns public of new ID verification scam

Apr 8, 2019
Home Affairs warns public of new ID verification scam

Criminals are going into homes claiming to be from Home Affairs

Port Elizabeth - As South Africa counts down the days to the 2019 National and Provincial Elections, the Department of Home Affairs has warned members of the public of people pretending to be Home Affairs officials so they can gain access to their homes to rob them.

The Department said that the scammers are in possession of letterheads purportedly from the Department of Home Affairs and claim the purpose of their visit is to confirm the validity of IDs ahead of the 2019 general elections.

"They then rob the unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables," said the Department of Home Affairs.

Department of Home Affairs is not verifying ID documents for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections

Home Affairs said that there is no initiative of this nature.

“We don’t come to your homes to validate your IDs, you come to us, as citizens, for IDs and other services,” acting Home Affairs Director General Thulani Mavuso said in a statement.

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