Job Scams: Top 6 Warning Signs in South Africa

How to spot fake job scams on the internet. Learn more information on how criminals uses job scams to makemoney from you. Avoid these common scam tricks.
Job hunting in South Africa has suddenly become easy with the use of the internet. There are so many recruitment agencies out there offering genuine jobs. And there are so many job scams on the internet hard to even count. When you’re busy looking for a job, please be aware that you’re also been hunted by criminals. These job scammers want to make money out of your desperation of getting a job. There are a few identifiers you must look out for to spot a fake job opportunity. Let’s dive right in…

# Top tips for identifying job scams

Spelling errors on the job ad

A poorly written advert could be a red flag for you to know it’s a scam. The moment you see typo and grammatical errors, run away from that ad post – IT’S A SCAM! Companies have or hire professional copyrighters to publish job ads on their behalf. The ad will be properly written including all the requirements of the position. I’m sure you’re aware that hiring managers would not take your CV seriously when it has typo and grammar errors – right?

Paying to be placed for the job

According to South African law, applicant aren’t supposed to pay to be placed for any job position. No company should charge you for giving you a job – red flag – IT’S A JOB SCAM! Criminals use this strategy on unsuspecting job applicants. It wouldn’t make sense to pay while you’re looking for a job. We’ve seen a lot of reports where scammers publish non-existing jobs just so they can collect money from job seekers. Avoid this kind of job posts and save your money for transport to a genuine career opportunities.

Give us your banking details

Companies and hiring managers are prohibited by the law to ask for your financial details. Job scammers and criminals would ask for your banking details, claiming to do a credit or reference check on you. You must know that this is completely illegal. You must never give anyone your banking details, not until you’ve signed employment contract at the company premises.

No experience required job scam

The reason you’re unemployed today, could be mainly because you don’t have any kind of work experience in your resume. Employers love applicants with experience in the field they’re hiring for. Now, When you come across an ad with “no experience required”, just know it’s a job scam. A scammer is waiting for you to react so they can make cash from your misfortune.

Emails from non-business addresses

So you’ve applied for a job at “MashTownRadio” and suddenly you receive an email from a gmail account. Don’t even read the mail, just move that to a spam folder and carry on with your life. Avoid being ignorant and protect yourself from job scammers. Companies like to keep all communications professional for legal purposes. This will also help you (job seeker) with proof should anything go wrong.

Jobs abroad - outside South Africa

This has become a common practice among criminals to smuggle and traffic people abroad. They usually target young adults, promising them modelling contracts and so on. Avoid such ad posts– they’re mostly job scams. Don’t get me wrong, it is possible to get a job outside South Africa. You can do it through a registered and well established company. Avoid these, human trafficking is a huge problem in the country as it is.

Report job scams and fraudsters

There’s already a platform that helps job seekers with tips to identify fake jobs. They also help people share their scam experiences. This helps you be very cautious with your next job application. Remember when it seems too good to be true, it’s definitely is.