File: In a statement, the organisation said, "NSFAS will no longer be communicating directly with students via SMS during the 2019 academic year, with immediate effect."
JOHANNESBURG - The National Student Financial Aid Scheme has stopped SMS communication with students because of phishing scams.
It's advising students to only use the myNSFAS online portal.
In a statement, the organisation said, "NSFAS will no longer be communicating directly with students via SMS during the 2019 academic year, with immediate effect, and advises students to only use the myNSFAS Online Self-Service Portal to view application status or any other information relating to funding.
"Unidentified attackers are posing as NSFAS reps sending out emails requesting applicants/students to update their account info by clicking on an embedded link," the statement read.
They warned all students to be aware of fraudsters and take extra care when dealing with personal info online or by phone
"We advise every student that NSFAS will never ask for your account details, password, PIN or OTP over the phone or via email," the statement emphasised.
NSFAS is working with the law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter.