According to a release issued by Telkom, the telecom operator has been made aware of a recruitment scam promising successful candidates a paid “Telkom Internship” at the company upon payment of a “learnership fee” of R90.
According to Telkom: “Upon initial investigation the adverts have been targeting candidates in Bloemfontein, the Free State and Limpopo. The scamsters have been using the online platform “Gumtree” to lure job seekers, promising a monthly salary of R9894.33.”
Telkom’s Managing Executive for Group Communication, Jacqui O’Sullivan stated that: “We are appalled that these scamsters are taking advantage of people who are simply seeking honest employment. Of course, it is also very worrying that these con men are using the Telkom brand to conduct their criminal activities. We would like to reassure the public that we have launched an investigation into this fraud and will pursue the investigation in close consultation with the SAPS.”
“We would like to warn people to be cautious when pursuing offers online and hope that our efforts to expose this scam will shield the public from further fraud of this nature.”
Telkom has been plagued by many scams in the past. Back in 2014, Telkom warned that fraudsters were using the company’s name in order to solicit payment for an “erroneously deposited” amount of money.
In 2013, criminals targeted unsuspecting Telkom customers with the aim of either defrauding them of cash, or acquiring their personal details or internet usernames and passwords under false pretexts. In the same year, Telkom issued another warning regarding a hoax advertisement, which claimed that the telco was looking to employ call centre agents.