Scam Alert! Do Not Get Robbed
The public is warned to be aware of a Grant-in-Aid scam that is being carried by a person claiming to be an employee of the City.
The City has been inundated with complaints from residents receiving calls from the scammer soliciting money to purportedly fast-track their Grant-in-Aid applications. The scammer who claims to be involved in Grant-in-Aid adjudication, solicits amounts of about R3 000 from applicants, and recites their personal information contained in their applications to gain their trust.
All applicants for Grant-in-Aid are handled and processed free of charge – the City will never ask for money to do so.
The following pointers provided below may assist to differentiate scammers from legit communication by the City:
- The name of the City is City of Ekurhuleni, not Ekurhuleni Municipality;
- Landlines in the City have the 999 prefix;
- The email address for staff is: person’s firstname.lastname@example.org and not XXX@ekurhuleni-gov.org or any other variation.
The City urges companies and individuals to be very vigilant and to verify information on the website (www.ekurhuleni.gov.za).
Report fraud and corruption on 0800 102 201.