Police have warned pensioners in Port Elizabeth that scam artists have been targeting the elderly in the area and stealing their money.
Police said that the scammers pose as employees of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and claim to be doing an inspection to see whether the SASSA cardholder is still alive.
"They then ask for the card, identity document and PIN number. The details are recorded on a tablet and they leave," police said.
"The suspects then go online and withdraw cash from the unsuspecting pensioner's account."
SASSA has said that their employees aren't carrying out inspections of this type.
"Pensioners are warned not to give any details especially their ID numbers to anyone visiting their homes. Instead, inform the persons that they (the pensioner) will personally call at the SASSA office or will make contact themselves with the office," police said.
"If unsure about the nature of the visit, always call someone who can interrogate and question the persons visiting. Never be fooled by smooth talking, friendly and well attired people."