Ports Authority warns public against job scams
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has once again warned the public against scams promising employment with the company in exchange for payment. According to Ngqura Port Manager, Tandi Lebakeng, job seekers are still paying money to fraudsters in the belief that they will be employed by Transnet.
“They are being scammed by unknown persons, using information from legitimate Transnet vacancy ads and requesting payment to secure the advertised positions. We empathise with the latest victims and have encouraged them to report these matters urgently to SAPS. We will also lodge a case with the police because the safety and security of one of our own recruiters has now been threatened. However, we state categorically that it is external fraudsters taking money from victims and this had nothing to do with Transnet,” said Lebakeng.
The South African Police Service continues to investigate these incidents. No bona fide Transnet vacancy will ever require payment of any kind from a job seeker. The modus operandi of the scammers over the years has included using the names of actual Transnet personnel, which are easily obtained from legitimate Transnet advertisements. Other scammers set up false social media profiles in the name of senior Transnet representatives with the aim of extorting money from vulnerable jobseekers.
The safest method of obtaining information about Transnet jobs is to refer to the Transnet careers portal on their website or advertisements in recognised print publications. Following these tips will also help you to avoid becoming a victim; all Transnet email addresses must end with @transnet.net, no Transnet recruiter will ever share their cell number, only office numbers are provided. No official Transnet job ad will ever include a salary scale.