Scammers dupe over 100 jobseekers

Johannesburg – The Gauteng Department of Health has warned about a job scam, after over 100 job seekers recently applied for non-existent jobs at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

  Some of the fake job advertisements asked applicants to pay some money in order to get employed. The department said no money is required to apply for jobs in the public service.

  Department of Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the scammers exploit desperate people in the job market.

“Some of the advertisements look legitimate until one scrutinises the content. The recent one calls for schools to share the message with unemployed residents.  The department could not make such a call on an advert during the Level 4 lockdown, as the request could not be implemented, since schools were closed. Secondly people are referred to the national website instead of the provincial one. The scammers also used the name of a former employee as the person issuing the advert,” said Kekana.

  She explained that the department advertises vacancies through trustworthy platforms, the Gauteng online portal, the Department of Public Service and Administration’s website, official social media platforms and mainstream newspapers.

  “Employment applications are not faxed; they are sent via post or dropped off at a designated hospital, clinic or any of our facilities in their original form for verification. We plead with the public to verify job advertisements circulated on social media against those posted on the official sites,” Kekana said.

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