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Beware! South African fraudsters advertising fake jobs at Netcare

Fake adverts offering jobs at South African medical company Netcare have been posted on “Jobs learnership and bursary”, a known scam page on Facebook.

One ad posted on 14 June 2019 claims the company is looking for unemployed people to start working urgently in permanent positions.

The page posted other fake ads for Netcare jobs on 13 June 2019 and 12 May 2019.

Africa Check has previously exposed fake job ads – for the South African police and parastatal company Transnet – posted on the “Jobs learnership and bursary” page.

Suspicious application procedure

There are plenty of clues to the ads being fake (and Netcare confirms it).

For instance, people interested in the jobs are asked to comment “Help” for the company to send them details “in 10 minutes” – an unusual way for any company to recruit staff.

“Yesterday we inboxed everyone who commented ‘Help’ on our previous job post,” the ad says. “Click share and check your inbox in 10 minutes. Please have a helping heart and click ‘Share’ for others to see this.”

And the link provided leads to a Wordpress blog - not Netcare’s official website.

‘False and fraudulent advert’

Africa Check showed the advert to Marietjie Shelly, a communications manager at Netcare.

“The advertisement is false and fraudulent, and unfortunately these scams happen on a regular basis,” she told us.

Many seem very legitimate as the fraudsters even lift photos of Netcare nurses etc from our website to give ‘credibility’ to their scam adverts.

“The scam adverts often claims that a large number of jobs are available. The sad part is that people desperate for employment and who apply for these ‘jobs’ are scammed out of the little money they have.”

Netcare cautions public on job and training scams

On 18 January 2016, Netcare posted a warning on its website about job and training scams on social media and other platforms.

“Certain Facebook posts falsely indicate that the company is seeking to employ nurses. Similarly, learnerships and internship vacancies within Netcare are also being advertised,” it said

“We continue to receive enquiries from members of the public seeking clarity on employment or training opportunities that are advertised fraudulently through various social media platforms under Netcare’s name.”

Netcare said there were a few “red flags” that showed a job ad was a scam.

They include ads with application forms that ask for banking details, ads promising jobs without the need to be interviewed, ads asking for payment  “upfront” for administration purposes, accommodation and uniforms, and ads asking for payment via mobile money.

“We urge the public to be vigilant of such messages, Facebook postings and emails as they do not originate from Netcare,” the statement warned.

“This is not the way we recruit staff or advertise learnerships and internships.” Dancan Bwire


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