Conman offers city jobs for R200 registration fee

2015-02-11 20:43

Cape Town – Cape Town job-seekers are falling victim to a conman, who are offering job opportunities as city fire-fighters at a cost of R200, according to the City of Cape Town.

City’s executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, said the city’s Fire and Rescue Service has been alerted to a post on a social media site, advertising for fire training and job placement and in-service training.

“This is not the first time that the city’s safety and security directorate has been used by scammers. About a year ago, we also became aware of another scam involving Cape Town Traffic Services. It is sad that scam artists are exploiting people’s desperation for jobs in this manner.”

He said when a staff member made contact with the person whose details were provided in the post, he was told that he needed a matric certificate and identity document.

“The staff member was also told to send a text message to the number provided so that banking details could be provided outlining where he needed to deposit the R200 ‘registration fee’,” Bosman said.

“… City of Cape Town has very specific recruitment policies and we will not post adverts on social media without full contact details of the responsible person,” added Bosman.


  • Shirley Deysel - 2015-02-11 21:18

    No sympathy for the idiots that pay up for work..... Warnings have been post on radio, tv, newspapers and social media.... But then no surprise as its like the idiot leading the idiots.

      Oupa Maphoso - 2015-02-11 21:45

      U rit

      Jean-Pierre Paquet - 2015-02-11 23:51

      There's one born every minute and the majority are in SA!

      Eric Southland - 2015-02-12 07:15

      If you are gullible enough no matter how urgent you need a job to believe that you need to pay to apply for a job you deserve to be conned.

  • Oupa Maphoso - 2015-02-11 21:49

    Is thee anyone still believe in this stupid adverts more expecialy in social networks? People hav been warn thousands times about this things! No job is for sale

  • Pieternella VandeKaap - 2015-02-11 21:52

    Shirley, some months ago my domestic worker's daughter was caught the same way by people "recruiting" aspirant train drivers. The charge was for registration at the train drivers' training school. Unskilled and desperate people are soft targets for these scam artists who are usually very well-trained in their craft.

      Nikimbeko Mkalipi - 2015-02-12 07:17

      @Pieternella,help your helper's daughter please. God will give u more!

      Pieternella VandeKaap - 2015-02-12 09:39

      Nikimbeko, I say she is my "domestic worker" but really she is my sister, my best friend and my support system for many years. She loves me and I love her back, very much. She does for me what I cannot do for myself, and I do for her what she cannot do for herself - we look after one another. And NO, her daughter did not pay the money because I investigated first. God bless you also, Nikimbeko. x x

  • Athrah Fortuin - 2015-02-11 22:46

    People are desperate when they are looking for work

  • Mogale Jerry - 2015-02-11 23:16

    Plz hire South Africans only our brothers n sisters in mzanzi plz

      Ketelo Kulonzo - 2015-02-11 23:26

      ...its a scam!

      Siotine Trevors - 2015-02-12 09:38

      No ways!! I would rather hire foreigners they don't believe the world owes them something.I have hired zulus and others from this country and they have let me down so many ways that is detrimental to my business...never again. This is why I employ 5 congolese people. They work hard and you can trust them.

  • Just Me - 2015-02-12 07:11

    Hire more foreigners as they strike less and are willing to work for far less.

      Siotine - 2015-02-12 12:07

      Hey d@@s!You pay them what they are worth. That's probably why you will be stabbed in the back!

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