Students who have any questions related to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme have been warned not to provide their personal information to people they don’t know. This as scammers are attempting to gather this information and defraud them.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) has warned students against providing their personal information including One Time Pin (OTP) to strangers. This comes after several social media accounts posing as Nsfas are requesting personal information from students.
The Nsfas 2023 application period is now open and thousands of students are applying for funding. Many of these students will require additional information from Nsfas for clarity on points of confusion.
Students are reminded that there are many individuals looking to take advantage of their desperation and may attempt to defraud them.
Nsfas is warning students against providing personal information to social media pages. This comes after students fell victim to individuals running fake social media accounts posing as the financial aid scheme.
These individuals have requested students to provide them with personal information, including information students would prove when they submit applications to Nsfas. They also ask students to provide OTP sent to the students cellphone.
It is important never to share your personal information and OTPs with individuals.
Once a student provides their OTP to an alleged scammer, the scammer will have control of their Nsfas accounts. OTPs can be used to access your Nsfas account and even change your login details including passwords.
Nsfas called on students to follow their official social media pages for factual information. This will also prevent them from falling victim to scammers.