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Scam alert! Beware fraudsters offering fake Transnet jobs on Facebook in South Africa

South African rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has become the latest victim of social media fraudsters.

A series of posts on a Facebook page is advertising fake jobs at the company.

“Transnet is looking for unemployed people to hire. To apply, comment ‘Help’ we will inbox you details now,” reads one caption linked to a graphic advertising the “job opportunities”. It says no experience is required.



Transnet ‘continually fighting jobs scams’


Africa Check sent the screenshots of the ads to Nompumelelo Kunene, media liaison for Transnet, and asked if they were real.

“Transnet is continually fighting against these jobs scams,” she said. “We  do not advertise jobs on any social media. Job applications are only available on our website www.transnet.net [and] we also do not use names of individuals to do so.”

It’s not the only Transnet advert running on the page. Other ads, all fake, have been posted on 10 June 2019, 6 June, 22 May and 13 May 2019.

Transnet warns jobseekers against scams


In November 2018, Transnet posted a warning on its Facebook page that cautioned jobseekers against the scams.

It says Transnet would never ask anybody to pay a fee for consideration, that their legitimate job adverts do not contain salary details, they do not advertise on social media and that all job ads could be found on their official website or in newspapers.

It asks members of public to report fraud or corruption on their tip-off line, or to the police. - Dancan Bwire

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