The industry part of South Africa’s defence and security sector is the latest target of unscrupulous scammers.
State-owned defence and security acquisition agency Armscor warns of a scam offering “unsuspecting citizens” jobs.
“The modus operandi of is to advertise on a website, “˜bestjobs’in this case. Applicants then apply for “˜aircraft’vacancies. They are then sent a text message confirming their appointment subject to them bringing money and identification documents in order to be issued with uniforms and an access card,” said Armscor group executive: corporate support.
“Job seekers are warned to refrain from paying for jobs this is not a prerequisite to get work. Armscor does not request money for employment opportunities. Vacancies are advertised on the Armscor website, (www.armscor.co.za) and applicants have to send applications for advertised positions to [email protected] This is the only legitimate and recognised process. Applicants are urged to first enquire at the organisation should they have any suspicions about positions apparently advertised at Armscor.”
Earlier this week the SA Police Service warned about a scam running in Mpumalanga where applicants are asked to send money and personal details in response to apparently guaranteed positions in the service.
As with Armscor, SAPS does not require any money to be paid upfront ahead of possible employment. Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma said people should report employment scams to their closest police station.
The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is regularly touted as an employer to scammer seeking cash in return for “guaranteed” positions in the military. People planning to apply for work in the SANDF are urged to use the force’s human resources or recruitment offices.