Warn­ings to be­ware of scams as gullible job-seek­ers fleeced

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ANNA COX AND MASEGO PANYANE anna.cox@inl.co.za masego.panyane@inl.co.za

AS THE new year gets un­der way, many peo­ple are find­ing them­selves job­less af­ter com­plet­ing cour­ses last year, and are des­per­ate to find work.

And crim­i­nals are tar­get­ing and tak­ing ad­van­tage of these vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.

Tracey Men­toor, 21, said she fin­ished a col­lege course last year and was in des­per­ate need of a job as she has a child to sup­port.

She went on­line and found two places in the Joburg CBD that were promis­ing jobs, but ask­ing for R400 and R650 re­spec­tively, only to find that no jobs were of­fered.

The two “com­pa­nies” have no of­fi­cial name, but one is sit­u­ated at 12 Fac­tor House, cor­ner Kruis and Al­bert streets, and the other is on the sec­ond floor of Impa House in Com­mis­sioner Street.

Men­toor’s in­fu­ri­ated fa­ther Ty­rone, on hear­ing that his daugh­ter had handed over the money, marched to the two of­fices yes­ter­day to de­mand the amounts back.

“The one in Kruis Street gave me back the R650 and threw me out of the of­fices. The sec­ond com­pany re­fused to do so. These are scams and they are re­ally hurt­ing un­em­ployed peo­ple, who will do any­thing to get jobs. It is most un­fair and cruel,” he said.

A search by The Star on the two build­ings re­veals a large num­ber of com­plaints by peo­ple who have ei­ther been scammed or were al­most scammed be­fore they re­alised the po­ten­tial fraud.

Most ap­plied, paid their money, and then got SMSes ask­ing them to come into their of­fices with the money.

Mean­while, the Gaut­eng Health Depart­ment has also warned job-seek­ers to avoid fall­ing for jobs-for-cash scams that of­fer posts at the depart­ment’s hos­pi­tals.

The lat­est play in­volves Dr Ge­orge Mukhari Aca­demic Hos­pi­tal, north of Pre­to­ria, where job-seek­ers are en­cour­aged to de­posit R2000 in ex­change for em­ploy­ment.

In a state­ment, the depart­ment re­it­er­ated that jobs in the pub­lic ser­vice were not for sale, and that the depart­ment ad­ver­tised va­can­cies through trust­wor­thy plat­forms.

Gaut­eng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said: “We con­demn those who ex­ploit peo­ple’s des­per­a­tion for em­ploy­ment for their own de­vi­ous ends. We plead with com­mu­nity mem­bers not to pay money for jobs in any of our fa­cil­i­ties.”

Coca-Cola Bev­er­ages South Africa (CCBSA) has also warned of job cons.

“CCBSA wishes to warn the pub­lic and com­mu­ni­ties about this scam. These ac­tiv­i­ties are not au­tho­rised by nor linked in any way to CCBSA or any of its en­ti­ties. All such ac­tiv­i­ties must there­fore be re­garded as criminal and un­law­ful,” the com­pany said.

MediClinic has also ad­vised that it is be­ing falsely im­pli­cated in so­cial me­dia job scams on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

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