People scammed with fake warder jobs

2015-01-14 00:00

SEVERAL people have been left out of pocket and with hopes dashed after being caught in a scam offering jobs with the Correctional Services Department in Glencoe.

People have been travelling to the facility expecting to start work as warders, only to be told they had been scammed.

KwaZulu-Natal Correctional ­Services spokesperson Thulani Mdluli said the unit had begun ­receiving calls and visits from people in recent months, asking when they would start work.

Mdluli said the trouble started in November last year when two people arrived at the unit carrying suitcases full of clothes, claiming they had been employed by the Correctional Services Department. The two were asked for documents proving there had been an agreement for employment, but they could not produce any evidence of a work contract.

Mdluli said there had been a rumour in the Newcastle community of a man who had been using the department’s name to rob people of their money with the promise of jobs.

“We have had quite a few people coming to us and phoning us, asking when they can start work, but there are no jobs. The community is aware of the scam, but because they are poor and desperately need jobs, they keep getting caught,” he said.

Mdluli said that those who had been scammed refused to open cases against the trickster as they were afraid of answering to the law for ­paying for jobs.

“We want to stress that the department doesn’t sell any posts and is against that practice because it is fraud, irrespective of who does it.

“It is a plea from regional ­commissioner Mnikelwa Nxele that whoever tarnishes the image of the department with these practices be reported to the police,” he said, adding that no jobs were currently being offered.

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