Warnings to beware of scams as gullible job-seekers fleeced
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.