South Africa: Nsfas worries about increasing disinformation and bogus websites aimed at defrauding students

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is aware of a fake Circular 22 notice circulating on social media platforms regarding the increase in the NSFAS allowance for the academic year 2022. NSFAS can confirm that the circular is false and contains false information.

Potential applicants are also urged to be aware of bogus websites and social media platforms advising them to apply for funding, share their personal information, and / or unlock their NSFAS Wallet accounts. If students need help with their NSFAS funding, the NSFAS Contact Center is fully functional and can be accessed on the details provided below.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications for funding for the 2022 academic year are not yet open. NSFAS will communicate the opening date shortly. Students are encouraged to constantly monitor our social media platforms for updates. Any circular or information disclosed to the public through unofficial communication should be considered disinformation. NSFAS Circulars are issued following a vigorous stakeholder engagement process and can only be issued through approved channels.

We are troubled by the growing disinformation in recent weeks, where false information that is released deliberately spread to deceive. We encourage our students to be vigilant. We have identified all of the bogus platforms masquerading as NSFAS, and reported them to the appropriate authorities for further investigation.

Students, potential applicants and the public are encouraged to report suspicious messages or calls from fraudsters posing as NSFAS officials or any fraudulent activity to the Vuvuzela hotline on 0860 247 653.

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