A recruitment scam offering paid “Telkom internships” at the company upon payment of a “booking fee” of R90 is currently still in operation. The scam first came to light in February 2015, according to a statement issued by Telkom.
According to Telkom, the scammers assure job seekers that they have been awarded a two-month internship at Telkom’s premises in Bloemfontein, which allegedly comes with a salary of R4 000 a month, free accommodation, and catering. Because accommodation is limited, the candidates are asked to pay a once-off booking fee of R90 via the mobile money service at Pick n Pay and Boxer supermarkets to secure their space.
Telkom’s Managing Executive for Group Communication, Ms Jacqui O’Sullivan, stated that: “Telkom is continuing to investigate this matter, in close consultation with the SAPS. We are disgusted that criminals would take advantage of jobseekers and that the Telkom brand is being misused in this way.”
“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.”
Job seekers are advised to use the official Telkom recruitment website, when looking to apply for vacant positions.