LIMPOPO – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation would like to warn the public about job scammers following the arrest of a 35-year-old suspected job scammer in Polokwane today, 29 July 2021.
The victims allegedly saw a job advertisement for general workers on Facebook and promptly applied online. Within a few days, he was invited to attend the interviews in one of the hotels in Polokwane and requested to bring R210 for police clearance.
The victim became suspicious as more money for uniform was demanded from him and alerted the authorities. When the Hawks’ Commercial Crime Investigation members pounced on the suspect, she was about to conduct more job interviews as other unsuspecting job seekers were flocking into the hotel. The Hawks preliminary investigations revealed that the company she claimed to be working for does not exist in Polokwane.
It was further established that the suspect provided a fraudulent proof of payment to the hotel for the venue where she was conducting the interviews. The suspect is expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 30 July 2021 to face charges relating to fraud.
Members of the public are urged to be cautious when searching for jobs as there are scammers who target desperate job seekers.