The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) warned in a press statement of a fraudulent advertisement inviting unemployed youth to apply for Sassa internships. The jobs advert was reportedly circulating on social media where applicants were requested to deposit R500 in order to secure the internship.
Media liason officer Paseka Letsatsi said members of the public were urged to ignore the bogus advert as it was a scam which could put potential applicants at risk.
“Sassa strongly condemns this and would like to place it on record that this advert is in no way linked to it. Furthermore, due to the high number of job scams that have plagued Sassa in the past, the agency has resolved to only advertise vacancies in newspapers and on the Sassa website,” she said
Sassa acying CEO Abraham Mahlangu said, “The public is advised to be wary and vigilant of any job recruiters who ask for money in order to secure a job post. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is not true. Also be suspicious if a recruiter asks you to click on links because this could lead to identity theft.”
Members of the public are advised to contact Sassa on 0800 60 10 11 or inquire at their respective regional Sassa offices in order to verify any doubtful information.