“Pasop,” police warn the public of job scams

todayFebruary 6, 2024 41 1

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As hundreds of young unemployed graduates join the already high unemployment rate in the country, police have appealed to job seekers to be on the lookout of scammers who are out to make a quick buck.
They say one of the latest trends of the scammers is to position themselves as a member of the SAPS hiring team and promise job seekers by promising employment in exchange for financial compensation.

“What they do is call the prospective applicant, to pay a certain amount of money through the eWallet and cash send procedures in exchange for receiving competent results after writing an assessment,” says┬áLimpopo police’s Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.

Ledwaba says they have received several complaints across the province regarding the scammers.

The appeal by police comes amid another warning from the Department of Employment and Labour over employers who require a fee for recruitment.
According to the Employment Services Act, no person may charge a fee to any work seeker for providing employment services to that work seeker.
Departmental spokesperson, Teboho Thejane, says the country’s high unemployment rate is to blame for job seekers falling for the scam.
According to Statistics South Africa, 32.6% of South Africans are unemployed, most of them are the youth.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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