Job seekers fall victim to conmen
TWO North West men are swindling jobless people by posing as job recruiting agents for Murray & Roberts and allegedly making them pay for jobs.
Unemployed Abby Hlungwane of Molapo, Soweto, thought his troubles were over when a colleague from a previous employment told him he had secured a deal with Murray & Roberts - an engineering and construction company - as a job recruiting agent.
His new job was to recruit and find other unemployed people for jobs in mining. But it turned out the two men were themselves unemployed and wanted by the police for other crimes.
"One of the men told me I needed to deposit the money using the Shoprite money transfer system.
"He later called me and said he had the job for me at one of the mines in Rustenburg and said more people were needed," said Hlungwane.
Hlungwane then contacted his friends in Free State and Limpopo and told them about the "job opportunities".
He said he recruited more than 20 people for this agent. They all deposited R750 each to get jobs.
Fano Tshabangu, of Vrede, Free State, said he fell for the scam because he acted out of desperation.
"When I spoke to him over the phone, he was professional and understanding. He wanted R1,500 but told me R750 will be needed before I can get the job. The balance I was to give him after I was employed," said Tshabangu.
Another victim was Dennis Ngobeni, of Tzaneen, Limpopo, who was convinced when told he would start work on July 17.
"I asked my sister to help me with R750 because that was the deposit he needed before I could get the job. My sister called this guy and asked him why he needed money, and Joseph said it was for us to secure jobs," said Ngobeni.
But when their time to start work and the day being postponed, everyone became suspicious.
"When I finally met him, he told me he could not find me the job as promised and would refund us our money," Hlungwane said.
When Hlungwane went to open a case in Mogwase, police referred him to Sophiatown police station nearer to where he had deposited the money. He was then referred to the Small Claims Court.
Murray & Roberts has distanced itself from the scam .
Company spokesman Ed Jardim said although they were not aware of the "poser", the company had not contracted agents to hire staff.