2018-06-20 06:01

WITH unemployment levels at an all time high, any advertisement for a position of any kind attracts thousands of applications from those desperately seeking work.

Last week, a young Greytown woman, who is currently doing voluntary work until she can find a more permanent position, reported how she narrowly missed falling victim to a scam preying on people seeking employment.

The latest scam, sent out via an e-mailed document from a company, “Sasol Limited” (sic), informs job-seekers that “Sasol is experiencing a shut down and is recruiting 163 new employees.”

The contact details for enquiries and application submissions are given as or 011 047 1092.

The modus operandi is as follows — applicants who respond to the advertisement are contacted via SMS to say that their job application has been successful.

The potential candidate then receives a lengthy document, via e-mail, with instructions to complete the contract form; send a copy of their ID document; as well as complete a police clearance certificate which “will be stamped once payment has been received”.

Applicants are instructed that “documents must be sent back within six hours”.

It is stipulated that the Police Clearance Certificate, costing the princely sum of R549, must be obtained from one “R.C. Mulungwa” whose bank details are supplied. Instructions regarding the stamping of the police clearance are confusing, contradictory and threatening. The instructions read: “Police clearance is invalid without a stamp. It is illegal to stamp our clearance without our permission. It is illegal to stamp our clearance at a police station. Email proof of payment and a stamped police clearance will be sent to you. If a police clearance from RC Mulungwa INC is used without proper payment, legal step (sic) will be taken.”

Fortunately, the young lady who reported this scam had her wits about her and suspected that something was amiss with these confusing instructions so she was not fooled into parting with her money for the bogus police certificate. Her community-minded, responsible action of reporting this scam to warn others is to be commended.

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