Jobseekers targeted by fake recruiters


Bloemfontein Courant has received information about a recruitment scam where unsuspecting jobseekers are asked to pay for interviews. Fake recruiters for Eskom allegedly ask R800 for people to be considered for positions at the power supplier.

According to Free State Eskom spokesperson, Stephanie Jansen van Rensburg, these kind of scams are commonplace, particularly in the current state of high unemployment. “It is so frequent and pops up everywhere and it is sad when they take advantage of people’s desperation,” said Jansen Van Rensburg. She asks that people remain vigilant and scrutinise the validity of job posts.

“The main thing to look out for is that Eskom will never ask you for money to apply for a position and if the job was not advertised on Eskom’s official website, it is not an official job advert,” she added. A genuine advert will also have the current Eskom logo attached to it.

The electricity supplier was alerted about a scam when fraudulent recruiters attempted to trick matric learners into applying for training at its Sasolburg station. “A teacher gave us a heads-up after pamphlets where being distributed in a part of the Free State. Her matric learner wanted to apply but she saw that the pamphlets had an old Eskom logo. If something seems too good to be true, it is too good to be true,” said Jansen van Rensburg.

In an alleged scam one victim was promised an interview for a civil engineering position at Eskom’s Witbank station for a fee. This was done via SMS with the name of the plant, date and time of the interview, as well as a “co-ordinator’s” name. When the victim called the number he was asked for R800 on arrival.

Jansen van Rensburg stated that a lot of scammers operate under the guise of technical positions. She emphasised that Eskom does not request an application fee from jobseekers. “Suspicious persons or activities can be reported by calling the Eskom Fraud Hotline on 0800 11 2722,” she stated. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele