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Netcare warns against employment scams

By Danielle van Wyk

Netcare, has issued a warning to the public pertaining to on-going job offers and training scams advertised on social media platforms or via SMS and emails.

According to Peter Warrener, group human resources director, the names of Netcare and the emergency services provider, Netcare 911, are being fraudulently used in these scam advertisements, with the aim of soliciting money.

He added that the advertisements or messages claim that Netcare and Netcare 911 are seeking to employ nurses, paramedics or fill other positions. “Similarly, learnerships and internship vacancies within Netcare and Netcare 911 are also being advertised.”

Through the scam process, applicants are often requested to send payment as a part of their application, with a promise of either employment at a Netcare or Netcare 911 facility or training towards becoming an employee.

“Netcare does not recruit or advertise jobs, learnerships and internships in this manner and we urge the public to be vigilant with regard to any such offers, as they do not originate from Netcare or Netcare 911,” Warrener highlighted. “We furthermore strongly recommend that those individuals who have been scammed take up their case with the South African Police Services.”

Members of the public are also encouraged to contact the Netcare Human Resources Shared Services Centre on 086 022 5547 to find out whether a job or training opportunity is legitimate.

In addition Warrener shared a few tips that may point to the fact that the job or training opportunity advertised is a scam and not legitimate:

  • The application form asks for the applicant’s banking details.
  • Only a cellular telephone number is supplied for enquiries, claiming the landline is “out of order”.
  • A dream job without the need of being interviewed is being promised.
  • A legitimate sounding company name (i.e. “Net-care”) is used.
  • Payment is requested upfront for so-called administration purposes, accommodation and uniforms.
  • The payment mechanism is facilitated via a cellular telephone number at a money market facility, such as a supermarket.

With the year having just begun and many seeking employment the public is strongly advised against making any payments to secure employment or an interview. This especially where the Netcare or Netcare 911 name is being used, added Warrener.

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