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15 March 2024

Notice to HSRC debtors: Fraudulent transactions

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The management of the HSRC has recently been alerted to several bank account scams targeting its customers. Kindly note that it is our top priority to maintain the integrity of our financial transactions and protect you as our clients from fraudulent activities. To this end, HSRC’s banking information has remained unchanged since the account’s inception in 1991, underscoring our commitment to stability and security against fraud.

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has issued a warning about the alarming rise of scams, particularly those involving false notifications of banking detail changes. As a result, we intend to keep our customers informed.

It’s crucial to understand that criminals are constantly devising new ways to exploit unsuspecting victims. However, many scams are just recycled tactics meant to deceive new victims. Therefore, all government departments, universities, and research partners must be on high alert for business-to-business identity theft scams. These scams involve the fraudulent rerouting of payments into accounts that do not belong to the intended suppliers.

See the official letter below from the HSRC’s CFO, Jacomien Rousseau below:

The HSRC also has a fraud hotline for anonymous reporting

Free Fraud Hotline:           0800 205 138


SMS                                 30916

Fax                                   086 726 1681

Website                   with number 0800 205 138 to report

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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