The Department of Employment and Labour has issued a warning to the public regarding a fake website which asks members of the public to check if their names appear on the list of those that who entitled a pay out of R30 000.
The department urged people to be on alert of this scam, which keeps resurfacing and circulating on social media. The fake website says “workers who have worked between 1990 and 2019 have the right to withdraw R30 000 from Ministry of Labour and Social Security”.
“The Department has not published a list of names of people who have a so-called right to withdraw funds from government of South Africa. Once a member of the public comes across information on the supposed pay out benefits – do not bother to respond nor share this information with anyone. Members of the public are warned not to share their precious personal information on social media platforms run from dodgy places,” the department warned.
The department reminded the public that South Africa does not have a ‘Ministry of labour and social security’, adding that it does not have such a benefit, and that the people who receive benefits from the department are those who have worked for them or are entitled to receive them.
They have also appealed to members of the public to not respond to offers of a financial nature they are not entitled to. The Department has not asked anyone to come forward to receive “any so-called benefits” and will never do so. The business of the Department is conducted in its 125 labour centre offices that are spread across the country. When in doubt, visit the Department of Employment and Labour Provincial Offices or Labour Centres to seek information.
The public is encouraged to report such criminal acts to the SAPS or on Department’s fraud hotline on 08600 22 194 or email: email@example.com.