Job scam at Athlone clinic

The City of Cape Town has warned job seekers not to be fooled by a scam promising them “pre-approved” jobs at the Honeyside Clinic in Athlone via text message for a fee of R159.

City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for health, Siyabulela Mamkeli said in a press release issued last Friday: “I would like to caution members of the public against falling for scams purporting to offer jobs with the City.”

Mr Mamkeli said one scammed resident said she received a text message informing her that her job application for the position of a cleaner over weekends had been app-roved.

The text message also promised her a salary of R420 a day and that she had to deposit R159 at Shoprite and to send the reference number to the fraudster.

The text message said that the money was to provide the uniform and badges and that she had to report for duty the next day after depositing the money.

“I would like to appeal to any members of the public who may have fallen victim to this particular scam to please open a case with the South African Police Service for appropriate action and to report it to the City for our information.

“The City does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process, including the application, interview meeting, processing period, and training.

“Any requests for such payment or information should be refused and reported immediately,” Mr Mamkeli said.