LIMPOPO: The Stats SA fieldworkers can easily be identified through Stats SA-branded bibs, Stats SA ID cards and introduction letters.
Citizens are warned of the public imposters pretending to be profiling households from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA). It has been reported that a number of people in Giyani, Limpopo have been targeted by scammers.
“The scammers are going door-to-door claiming to be profiling households. They request members of the public to provide their banking details and also to confirm if they have mobile banking apps,” StatsSA said in a statement.
It is reported that some community members in Giyani have been robbed of money by these scammers and are being warned to be extra careful.
According to the statement, StatsSA stated that it does not ask respondents to provide their banking details or to confirm if they are using mobile banking apps.
“Members of the public are urged to be vigilant and not fall victim to the scam. The organisation has communicated its temporary suspension of all face-to-face data collection due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions,” it said.
In a statement, the organisation further outlined that this includes the frame update project, in which fieldworkers go door-to-door collecting contact details from households so that Stats SA can use alternative interviewing modes, including computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CAWI), to ensure the continued provision of much-needed economic and social statistics.
“We are currently [conducting] a risk assessment to determine when we can resume face-to-face data collection. The public will be informed once this decision has been finalised,” the organisation said.
The Stats SA fieldworkers can easily be identified through Stats SA-branded bibs, Stats SA ID cards and introduction letters. To verify that the person at your door is a legitimate Stats SA staff member, you can check online (http://www.statssa.gov.za/Fieldworkerverification/FWVERIFICATION.PHP ), contact the call centre on 0800 110 248 or your nearest provincial or district office.