Viral message on Whatsapp is fake, EPF confirms

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 16 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: A viral message circulating via WhatsApp about Employees Provident Fund (EPF) nomination and automatic distribution of members’ savings to Amanah Raya Bhd is fake news.

This was confirmed by EPF which noted it was similar to two previous WhatsApp messages which made their rounds in 2017 and 2019.

The message, among others, states that in the event where an EPF member has only one nominee or beneficiary, and the person dies before the member, the arrangement is deemed void and the EPF money or savings would automatically be channelled to Amanah Raya upon the member’s demise.

According to the fake message, this also applies to cases where there are multi-nominees. If a spouse of the member or both were to die due to illness or accident, the message claimed that siblings, relatives or parents should immediately approach EPF and notify it within three days to prevent the EPF money from going to Amanah Raya.

In its updated website dated June 10 last year, EPF stressed that the viral message about EPF nomination currently circulated via WhatsApp was not true.

“It’s similar to a previous message about automatic distribution of members’ savings to Amanah Raya. That was also untrue,” it said.

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