An advert on the Facebook page “Jobs learnership and bursary” claims the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is hiring – but it’s a scam.
The Sassa ad, posted on 10 June 2019, claims that the agency is looking for inexperienced youth to work in unspecified permanent positions.
Clues to a fake
On Facebook applicants are asked to comment “Yes” to be sent a “fax number” via inbox, an unusual way for a company to communicate. Also suspicious is that users are asked to “click share” and check their inbox in five minutes, a trick appearing in another fake ad on the page exposed by Africa Check.
“On 09 June 2019, we already selected 99 people for this post. Those 100 people will receive Calls/Sms before the end of this week. Make sure your phones are always on. Good luck everyone. Keep sharing,” the page admins say on the post.
‘Cyber fraudsters after identity fraud’ – Sassa
Africa Check asked Kgomoco Diseko, a senior manager for media relations at Sassa, about the advert.
“This is not a Sassa advert,” he told us. “It’s probably sent by some cyber fraudsters who might be on a mission of identity fraud.” – Dancan Bwire
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