Businesses warned of UIF scam

2011-08-22 14:07

Johannesburg - Businesses must beware of a syndicate offering to help them recover unclaimed money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), commissioner Boas Seruwe said on Monday.

Forms entitled "UIF-Administrator of Fund" or "Unclaimed Income Fund" were being circulated to businesses offering to help them recover amounts of up to R10 000 from the fund, Seruwe said in a statement.

The forms looked similar to the official form used by employers to declare payment for workers' contributions to the UIF.

The fraudsters asked for a payment of between R149.90 and R194.90 to assist in recovering the UIF money.

"Our services are free and the UIF does not charge its clients to process claims. The Fund does not pay the so-called huge unclaimed amounts," Seruwe said.

The UIF, an entity of the department of labour, pays benefits to employees if they lose their jobs, fall pregnant or are unable to work due to illness.

If workers contributed to the fund, but did not lose their jobs, the fund would not pay back the unclaimed portion of the contribution, Seruwe said.

He said people should call the UIF on 012-337-1680 if they needed more information.