Job seekers lose R1800 to con artist

2011-11-09 00:00

A CON artist is fleecing unsuspecting job seekers of their money with the promise of jobs in the provincial correctional services department.

The department warned job seekers that it does not take payment from applicants and that vacancies are advertised in the newspapers.

Thandeka Dlamini lost R1 800 to the con artist after she made the money available for her two relatives to pay for correctional officers’ jobs.

Dlamini said this started after the department advertised posts in the Sunday newspapers last week.

“A friend of mine who works in court in Mlazi phoned me about the offer. He gave me the number of a Mr Khumalo who was supposed to be a senior official at the Westville Prison.

“Khumalo said if we needed jobs we need to deposit R1 800 into a specific bank account on last week Wednesday. He said on Thursday my relatives must go to the Westville Prison and phone him when they get to the gate. Since I had already given my relatives the money they deposited it before I could tell them to do so because I still needed to get more information on this Khumalo,” she said.

When the relatives got to the prison gate they phoned Khumalo who told them to wait as he was on his way to take them to the human resources, but he never appeared.

“The sad part is that we never saw this Khumalo before and even the person who referred me to him says he never saw him either. When I asked him how he could refer me to someone he never even saw he said he heard about him by another warder who had taken prisoners to court. This is a lesson for everyone about the dangers of gullibility,” she said.

Department spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali said it has received complaints from victims and that other conmen demand R2 000 to R2 500 in exchange for jobs.

“The department advertises vacant posts in newspapers and the procedure to apply is to fill in the Z83 form and post it to the addresses provided in the advert. Short-listed candidates are invited for interviews and the successful ones are appointed in writing. This is the standard procedure, which applies to all other government departments regarding the filling in of vacant posts,” said Zikhali.

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