Correctional Services warns of job scams

2017-03-22 06:02

THE KZN Department of Correctional Services is warning job seekers about con artists who promise them posts at prisons in exchange for cash.

The department’s PMB communication officer Sandile Jali said in a statement that the regional office in KwaZulu-Natal has been taken by surprise after receiving a number of phone calls from the public.

“The people calling in say they have been assured jobs by the department. Others have come to the office claiming they have paid to get a job.”

He said the scammers had even lured victims with false adverts they put in local newspapers.

“We want to stress that the department doesn’t sell any posts, furthermore the department is against this practise because it is a crime irrespective of who commits it. Whoever promises any member of the public a job for monetary exchange must be reported to the police,” said Jali.

He said their normal modus operandi involved phoning people promising them jobs in exchange for money ranging from R500 to R5 000.

“The caller will ensure you don’t actually meet him, but will ask you to deposit the money at any money market outlet not at the bank.”

Jali said once the money has been deposited, the scammer then disappears.

He said when the department has advertised posts they ensure they are placed on approved mediums.

“Short-listing is done by the appointed selection committee and thereafter interviews are conducted for the suitable candidates.”

For any recruitment processes inquiries, contact G.J. Mchunu on 033 355 7386.

We want to stress that the department doesn’t sell any posts, furthermore the department is against this practise because it is a crime irrespective of who commits it. Whoever promises any member of the public a job for monetary exchange must be reported to the police

We want to stress that the department doesn’t sell any posts, furthermore the department is against this practise because it is a crime irrespective of who commits it. Whoever promises any member of the public a job for monetary exchange must be reported to the police

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