Scammers disguised as Eskom target schools

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A copy of the fraudulent advertisement distributed in Bloemfontein.

Eskom has written a letter of concern to the Free State Department of Education warning schools in the province about a recruitment scam. Eskom reports that the specific scam advertises false jobs at its Lethabo Power Station in Sasolburg.

In the letter, Klaas Gouws, Acting General Manager: Free State Operating Unit, said: “In 2018 reports of attempts by the fraudsters were received from a high school principal in Meloding and in March 2019 similar reports were received from a primary school principal in Bloemfontein. Messages of this nature have also been shared through social media and messaging platforms.”

Eskom advises that if one is approached by a recruitment agent who claims to represent Eskom, the following should be regarded as red flags:
• The jobs are not advertised on the careers link as found on the official Eskom website (www.eskom.co.za).
• Incorrect or old Eskom logos are displayed.
• The recruiter offers incentives such as a laptop or tablet.
• The recruiter requests money from the applicant.
• Grammar and language used in the advertisement are of a poor standard.

In case a school is approached by an alleged fraudster, the principal is advised to report the incident to Eskom on 051-404-2277/0800-112-722. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za