So what should you do to protect yourself from scammers?

We have had many candidates who have shared their experiences on how they were scammed, so thought it important to share some pointers.
1.    RESEARCH the employment agencies and companies on Google and other social media
a.    If they have no website, it may be a red flag
b.    There have been company profiles that have been falsely used to advertise positions. Company logos, letterheads and company information have been stolen to scam candidates
c.    Call the company or employment agency and actually talk to them to check their legitimacy
d.    Make sure they have offices and find out their location

2.    Keep the PERSONAL DETAILS on your cv  to the minimum
a.    Only include important relevant information and keep the personal details to names, contact and area or city you are from
b.    Do not input ID number, passport number, tax number, marital status, children’s details and full address, as this gives the scammer all the information they need

3.    Did they ask you to PAY?
a.    That is another red flag.
b.    Hopeful applicants pay huge amounts with a promise to get employment, even for medical tests or criminal checks
c.    It is illegal to charge candidates to help find employment
i.    The Department of Labour has reiterated that private employment agencies are not permitted to charge work seekers any fees for services rendered.

BE CAREFUL, always double check. Don’t let desperation make you become a victim.