Job Hunter's Guide to Spotting A Scam

Posted by Michelle Localized RSA on

In light of the current unemployment crisis in South Africa, criminals see this as an opportunity to scam desperate job seekers out of their time and money by setting up fake employment offers. Before going on any job interview or trusting any job post, check out these 6 red flags to look out for!

1. If it requires you to pay money, it’s a scam.

Never pay money:

Whether it’s before or after the interview
If the employer asks you to pay for software or materials
For a deposit to secure your position
For your application to be processed (admin fee)

No payment should be required from you at any point in your job application process. 

2. The good old fax scam.

According to Careers24, this is considered to be one of the most popular job scams in South Africa.With this scam a fake job post will be advertised. It will require you to fax your CV to a number that is actually set up to charge higher than normal rates and therein lies the scam. These ridiculously high charges will show up on your phone bill.


Four ways to spot a fax scam:
The fax number begins with 086
The email address the recruiter replys with will have “noreply” before the @ symbol
There will be no other contact details other than the fax number on the job advert
You will be asked to send a lot of documents, usually unnecessary and unrelated. The more you fax, the more you pay.


According to The Job Network, here are some tips on how to spot a fake job posting in 2019:

3. No online presence
While trying to verify the company and the advertised vacancy you notice nothing is showing up in your search. Keep in mind, legitimate vacancies always have some sort of online presence.


4. Recruiter email does not match the company:
After you receive an email from a recruiter you are particularly excited especially when they claim to be from a reputable company. However, upon closer inspection you notice the recruiter’s logo on their signature does not match that of said company. Keep an eye out for any personal email addresses from recruiters such as Yahoo or Gmail. Additionally, please don’t attach any personal documentation if requested from these types of email addresses.


5. Discovered via a social media post:
It may be possible to get a great job through social media, however, be aware of sponsored or advertised job posts which appear to simply show up on your feed. Remember jobs should always come through legitimate channels and are usually thoroughly vetted when they reflect on job boards, which may in the end serve as a safer option.


6. interview is requested via chat or text:
Please be aware of first interviews requested via text messaging. Remote interviews are becoming increasingly popular(these are legitimate interviews by legitimate companies), but these predominantly refer to Skype interviews or phone calls. Usually these scammers prefer not to be heard or seen therefore they will prefer to correspond via text messaging or email.


New Job Listing Website

We have created a sister website which is run by Localizedrsa Pty Ltd and unlike a lot of other job listing sites, we perform an extensive search on the validity of a job listing offer before it is posted by any person/company on the site. We also do job searches and allow you to directly apply to the specific company we have found to be offering employment.

Check out these links from other job scam articles for more information



Share this post

← Older Post Newer Post →

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published.

Social Proof