ILLEGAL EMPLOYMENT SCAM

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JOB SCAM ALERT

Illegal Employment Scam Notice

We are aware that people are being contacted with fake offers of employment from unscrupulous individuals claiming to represent Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM). The scammers have increased their operation pursuant to recent job advertisements published by the municipality. The ELM name is being used on SMS texts and social media platforms without authority.

Prospective job seekers are offered fake job opportunities and invited to an interview for a particular fee or R 2000 (Two Thousand Rands) or more. ELM cautions that NO MUNIPAL EMPLOYEE OR POLITICIAN IS ALLOWED TO DEMAND OR REQUEST MONEY FOR ANY JOB VACANCY OR INTERVIEW. The municipality does not demand or request money whatsoever for any recruitment purposes including the administration and processing of forms. 

To try and convey legitimacy, scammers use existent ELM employee names such as “MAKHOSONKE” or “BETTY” to demand money from job seekers. The municipality distances itself from dubious operations and views any person paying money for an employment opportunity as an accomplice to FRAUD and CORRUPTION. 

What is an illegal employment scam? 

Illegal Employment Scam is on the rise. Employment Scam happens when fraudsters offer fake job opportunities to job seekers. Scammers target job seekers by listing jobs that don’t exist, in the hopes of getting money

Employment Scam tends to happen through online services including fake recruitment e-mails, fake SMS texts, fake websites, fraud social media accounts, fraud job posts, online recruitment services or unsolicited emails claiming to be from well-known organisations. Often company employee names and logos are used to try to convey legitimacy.

10 warning signs of an illegal employment scam...

  1. The message is not addressed to you personally.
  2. The message does not have a street address, only a post office box or an email address.
  3. The message sender is using a free email address such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
  4. Receiving unsolicited communications and/or offers for jobs you did not apply for.
  5. Being asked to provide sensitive identification details – like your date of birth, bank details or a copy of your passport or driver's licence. Legit employers won’t need these details until they have made a formal job offer and you have signed the contract. 
  6. Being asked to send money in advance to pay for training materials; travel to an interview or job location; background and or credit checks.  If you are being asked for money – no matter what the reason given – you are being scammed. Do not deposit or hand over any money. 
  7. Being offered a role without anyone seeing your CV or speaking with you or being offered the role within minutes of applying and then asked to send money.  
  8. The salary is way more than you would normally earn. 
  9. A badly written message full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
  10. The job description is not clear and doesn’t ask for specific skills, qualifications or previous experience. 

ELM recruitment practices

The municipality is taking this matter very seriously and aims to raise awareness and ultimately prevent people from becoming victims of employment scams.

To check if the communication you have received is legitimate, please note of the guidance below:

We won’t ask for money 

ELM never requests money from candidates who seek employment. The municipality will never ask for any form of payment as part of the recruitment process.

Telephone calls are always from a fixed line

First contact telephone calls are made via land lines from our offices; never by text message or mobile phone.  

Formal interview process

In most cases the individual being approached has not applied for a vacancy with the municipality. ELM will not make job offers without performing a formal interview process. Our recruitment process involves personal interviews.

Verify the email address

Emfuleni employees conduct email communications via the domain @emfuleni.gov.za. The municipality will never use Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or any other non-official email account to communicate with job seekers.

Legitimate information regarding career opportunities in Emfuleni Local Municipality

Information can always be found on our website at http://emfuleni.gov.za/index.php/residents/careers

What should I do if I receive a suspicious job scam SMS text or email? 

If you believe you have received a suspicious SMS text or email, please report the matter to local South African Police Services (SAPS). 

You can also forward the email you received to the fraud department of the email provider hosting the scammers email address, and request the account be closed: 

  • Yahoo (Ymail etc.): 
  • Google mail (Gmail etc.): 
  • Hotmail (Live mail etc.): 

Protect yourself from job scams

The following good security practices are recommended:

  • Change your passwords on other online services, if you re-use the same password.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication and other available security measures provided by your other online services.
  • Be aware of potential phishing emails and telephone calls from businesses or institutions requesting your personal details. Avoid opening attachments from unknown senders via email or social media.

 

 

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