Labour department warns of social media scam

The Department of Employment and Labour will not pay you R35 000 if you have worked from 1990-2020 as a social media scam promises.

The scam on social media, which has been doing the rounds in Madibeng, as well as other areas in North West, claim that “workers who have worked between 1990 and 2020 have the right to claim R35 000 from Department of Labour.”

According to Teboho Thejane, spokesperson for the department, the scammers have re-created a fake Department of Employment and Labour website, using the old coat of arms/logo, in which they ask members of the public to check if their names appear on the list of those that are entitled to withdraw these funds. It seems they are then required to pay a fee to receive the benefits.

“The Department of Employment and Labour has not asked anyone to come forward to receive any of these benefits and will never do so through this website. All the benefits from the department are received by those that have worked for them or are entitled to receive them and are processed at its 125 offices across the country.”

Members of the public are also urged not to spread the messages as they are assisting the scammers to reach out to more unsuspecting people. “People are advised to not share their personal information on these social media platforms or website as they are not authentic. The department’s services are free of charge to the public.”

To report any suspected criminal acts, members of the public are requested to inform the South African Police Service; report on the Department’s fraud hotline number: 08600 22 194 or email fraud@labour.gov.za , and or visit the nearest office of the department.