Job scammers on the rise

LEPHALALE — January often presents new beginnings to many people who get new jobs and change areas.

January is also a hunting ground for scammers who want to prey on unsuspecting jobseekers.

A possible scammer was recently brought to the attention of Mogol Post, claiming to be in the Human Resource division of Exxaro Grootegeluk Coal Mine.

The person, who identifies himself as Mr Mathabatha, messages jobseekers promising General Worker jobs at the coal mine if they pay him R1 500. In a screenshot captured by one jobseeker, Mathabatha introduces himself as the company’s employee who intends to help the jobseeker get a job. He then sends banking details where a deposit should be made.

One of the job seekers was sent a text message by Mathabatha, stating that he was promised to start a job as a General Worker on Monday 14 January 2019 if he paid the requested amount.

He told Mogol Post that he didn’t know where Mathabatha got his contacts or how he knew he was looking for work.

Meanwhile, Exxaro distances itself from Mathabatha and says he doesn’t work for the company.

In an email response, the coal giant says they always launch a formal investigation whenever there is a report received about job sales at the company.

Furthermore, Exxaro referred Mogol Post to a previously published article that advised the community against job scams.

The article reads: “Exxaro is committed to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fairness and holds a zero-tolerance approach to the commissioning or concealment of fraudulent acts.

“Exxaro is aware of a scam taking place where criminally-minded individuals are advertising non-existent Exxaro jobs on various platforms.

These adverts require that unsuspecting job seekers pay over money to secure the jobs.

On arrival at the Exxaro site, the job-seeker then learns that he/she has been duped by the scamster and the money paid cannot be recovered.

The company adheres to a strict recruitment policy that is managed in compliance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Employment Equity Act.

“Our recruitment procedures which include advertising, screening, interviewing, assessing and selecting are applied openly, fairly, and professionally.

“No jobs are ‘sold’ or ‘offered’ to candidates without going through our recruitment process.

“Exxaro gives preference to applications which refer to a specific advertised vacancy and which meet the minimum inherent job requirements.

“Current employees are given the opportunity to apply for vacant positions before external applicants are considered.

“Contractors or contract employees are regarded as external applicants.

“External applicants who submit their applications or CVs are regarded as potential employees and are treated with the same respect and consideration as internal applicants.

“Exxaro will never solicitate payment or any form of imbursement for a position at their Business Units.

“The company urges community members not to react to the scams and to report any suspected job scam to Exxaro’s Anonymous Fraud and Corruption Hotline on 0800 203 579 or send an email to exxaro@tip-offs.com.”

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