In today’s face-paced time, one should always consider safety measures for protecting the SASSA account. The risks of identity theft and fraud are becoming common as digital development is upheaving.
In such conditions, if you have lost the SASSA card, you should block it after you have reported it. In this guide, I will guide you on how to block the SASSA card step by step. All you need is to spare 10 minutes from your busy routine and buckle up, we are kicking off!
SASSA card is a crucial part of our lives, it has a significant role in social grant payments to enhance security. By all means it is more like identity in the region, so, there could be two conditions in which one may need to block the SASSA card.
The first is voluntary, and then comes involuntary; if you lost it, theft or accidentally torn apart. So, we will discuss both of them, let’s start with the voluntary action.
1. Contacting SASSA
When I wanted to block my father’s card, it was hard to understand the procedure. But I contacted the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) directly. If you feel it is difficult to visit the office, you can call them via the helpline.
Don’t worry, if the call prolongs, it is toll-free, therefore, you do not need to stress about the charges. Otherwise, you can visit the office of the SASSA, every area has an office, so search for the nearest one.
Here, they will ask for basic information about the card, the person who owns the card, and details about the card. If you call them on the helpline, they may ask for the ID number for further verifications and information. Provide them with all the data without hesitation, and make sure you have contacted the original SASSA helpline.
- 0800 60 10 11
2. Provide Reasons To Block The SASSA Card
Then comes the second step, once you have done with the basic information, they will ask you about the reasons to block. This is the time when you have to satisfy the authorities. Because you are doing it voluntary, you should have a valid reason such as you are leaving the country or you have a plan to upgrade the card.
But I will advise you to provide valid reasons, if you are blocking the card of someone who is no more, you should say, as the happening has occurred. Otherwise, the department can take serious plus legal action against you. So, provide valid and real reasons to the SASSA helpline.
3. Follow Instructions By Department
Once you present a voluntary blocking request for the SASSA card and provide a valid reason, the department will instruct you. In some cases, they block the card after you provide them reasons but in a few cases have faced a bit longer procedure.
In these instructions, they may ask you about the additional documents and the history of all previous transactions. All of this depends on the reason you provide to them.
I have faced this stage, usually, they ask to provide additional documents including the history. So, you should have those documents for blocking the SASSA card. It is not important that they ask for additional documents in all cases, such instructions are provided in rare cases. Anyway, note all the instructions and try to fulfill them as soon as possible.
4. Confirm The Card Has Been Blocked
You have successfully done more than half of the job and now you are required to check whether they have blocked the SASSA card or not. You can accomplish this goal by contacting the authorities again or visiting the department in person.
Confirming the card has been blocked is very crucial for safety concerns. Plus, you should have a record of all the communication with the department. Do not waste papers, delete dates, note time and names.
At last, It is not a step but rather an announcement that the card has been blocked. But one should keep in mind that he cannot use it further for any transaction, money withdrawal, and getting funds. Once the card is blocked voluntarily, it is very hard to unblock it. Therefore, be prepared for all these consequences.
What If I Want To Block a Card If I Lost It?
The procedure for blocking the card if you have lost or misplaced it is slightly different. These conditions are rare but one can experience any kind of catastrophe. Well, all the procedures are the same but you just have to add a step at the beginning of the above-mentioned procedure.
Report The Loss
Once you have realized the SASSA card has been lost, you should report it to the authorities as soon as possible. Use the SASSA helpline or visit the office in person. In such conditions, they block your card immediately. Call the SASSA helpline and report the loss. Provide them with all the basic information, ID number, name, and documents. I will advise you to not wait for the last hour, otherwise, you may face serious consequences.
Once you have blocked the card, you cannot use it for further transactions. Therefore, one should request a new card. However, the SASSA card could be misplaced or damaged. In such cases, one is required to block cards before one wastes it.
You know you can also withdraw your SASSA Grant if your card has been lost.
Can I get my lost SASSA card at the post office?
It is hard to say something certain but if one finds a card and sends it to the post office, the office will use finger verification to find the owner. Technically, yes, you can get the lost SASSA card at the post office.
What to do if you have lost your SASSA card?
You can take different measures from calling the SASSA helpline or you can visit the department in person. If you have lost the card, you should block it as soon as possible.
A SASSA card is a crucial asset, it can provide significant information about you and someone can withdraw an amount on your behalf if you have lost it. Therefore, blocking the SASSA card is highly important if someone has stolen your card or you misplaced it.
Anyhow, you can do this task by reporting to the authorities about the loss or you can visit the office physically. If you are visiting the office, take your documents along by yourself.
On the other hand, if one is interested in stopping the service of a SASSA card, he can also follow the same path. But a slight difference in both cases is that, in the upper-mentioned state, they will block the card on the call immediately.
But if you are performing this job voluntarily, you may provide additional documents and other details. Anyhow, I have explained how one can block the SASSA card in 6 easy to follow steps. I hope this guide helps you. Thank You!