Nkomazi residents lose thousands of Rands in job scam

MALALANE – The Hawks have been called in to investigate a job scam involving the Nkomazi Local Municipality.

Several people have lost thousands of rand over the past few weeks.

According to the municipal spokesman, Mr Cyril Ripinga, unemployed residents are called by scammers and are notified that there are vacancies at the municipality. They are then requested to email their CVs to a Gmail account and deposit money into a bank account.

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The victims are later called to say they got the job and need to go look for a certain person at the municipality.

The scam has been going on for a while and several cases were reported at the Tonga and Malelane police stations.

Ripinga said authorities have been struggling to pin down the scammers, and he has cautioned community members not to fall for it.

Four people heard him being interviewed on SABC radio recently and on Monday approached him to report cases. They lost amounts of money between R10 000 and R20 000.

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Ripinga stated that the municipality advertises all vacancies in the local newspaper. Applicants can apply and are then called for an interview. If successful, the municipality will contact the applicant. No payment will ever be requested to secure a job.

“About 11 people have come to the fore, but we know there are more that are afraid to report the case. They know it’s a crime to bribe and that they might be arrested,” Ripinga said.

He urged victims to report any scams to their nearest police station and to notify the municipality as this could help put a stop to the criminals.

Retha Nel

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