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SCAM ALERT! Don’t part ways with hard-earned cash

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The Department of Employment and Labour warns the public to be on alert of a scam that keeps on resurfacing and circulating in the social media space. According to the department, they did not publish a list of names, promising them to pay out of R30 000.

Scammers have created a bogus Departmental website 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 and states that  “workers who have worked between 1990 and 2019 have the right to withdraw the funds.”

The Department of Employment and Labour also warns the public that South Africa has no “Ministry of labor (sic) and social security”. The Department of Employment and Labour appeals to members of the public not to respond to offers of a financial nature they are not entitled to. The Department has not asked anyone to come forward to receive “any so-called benefits” and will never do so. “Once a member of the public comes across information on the supposed pay-out benefits – do not bother to respond nor share this information with anyone.”

The Department emphasised that it does not have such a benefit – “this is simply a scam”. People who get benefits from the Department are those that have worked for them or are entitled to receive them!

The business of the Department is conducted in its 125 Labour Centre offices that are spread across the country. When in doubt visit the Department of Employment and Labour Provincial Offices or Labour Centres to seek information. The Department’s suite of services is also offered free of charge.

Members of the public are warned not to share their precious personal information on social media platforms run from dodgy places.  The public is encouraged to report such criminal acts to the SAPS or report on the Department’s fraud hotline on 08600 22 194 or email –

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