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Security Alert for USA residents, group going and robbing homes

News Claim: A message viral on Social media claims that a group of people visiting residents in the USA pretending as officials and robbing homes.

Security Alert for USA residents: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs. They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming census. 
They are robbing homes. Take note there is no initiative like that from the government. Send this to your neighborhood group chat. They are everywhere and they look presentable. Please alert your family and friends.

 

 “Security Alert: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs. They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming elections. They are robbing homes. Take note there is no initiative like that from the government. Send this to your neighborhood group chat. They are everywhere and they look presentable.” 

Facts Check: Fake

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Facts Check Analysis: The video viral on social media claiming of US officials visiting homes and robbing is not much true. However there have been many such incidents reported and video has been posted on Social Media that verifies the fact, that such incidents happened, though in other countries.

The video posted is not from the USA, but from South Africa. A similar message was posted by home affairs, department home affairs, Republic of South Africa, on  20 October 2017.

Home Affairs wishes to warn members of the community of a group of individuals visiting homes and pretending to be officials from the Department.

They carry with them documents with letterheads purportedly from Home Affairs and claim to be confirming the validity of IDs for the upcoming elections. These individuals are criminals who rob households once they gain entry. There is no such initiative from the Department.

Home affairs officials are clearly identifiable by name tags. We will announce household visits through official government channels.