Top 3 jobseekers scams- and how to avoid them

With such a high unemployment rate and the economy doing so badly, many South Africans are desperate for jobs. Because of this desperation, there are a large number of job scams out there, where criminals promise jobs in exchange for money.

Some of these scams are difficult to spot. Below we talk about some of the most common scams and how to avoid them.

  1. The DIAL *120* scam

Some scammers are offering fake job services which you subscribe to using USSD. They will ask you to dial *120*…# and promise to help you find a job. If you dial this number they will deduct airtime EVERY month without you realising it. MANY jobseekers are falling victim to this scam and their airtime is being stolen without them even noticing

  1. The fax scam

Many fake agents ask you to fax your CV or an application form to be considered for a job. However the fax number is an expensive rate number which can charge you more than R40 to send the fax. Also there is no real job and you will never hear from the agent again

  1. The SMS scam

Several fake agents will ask you to SMS your details to apply for a job. The SMS is an expensive rate number whereby you will need to send many text messages and spend more than R30 to apply.  Also there is no real job and you will never hear from the agent again


How to avoid getting scammed

Many of these scams look like real services, so often it is hard to identify them. To avoid being scammed, follow these simple rules:

  1. NEVER dial any USSD number that you do not recognise eg *120*… This is the easiest way to lose all your airtime to a scammer
  2. NEVER trust an agency that uses a gmail, hotmail, yahoo or other generic email address. They are usually scams. Legitimate agencies will have proper email address
  3. NEVER trust any agency that asks you to fax your CV or application form
  4. NEVER trust an agent that asks you for money- they are a scam
  5. ALWAYS check the agent’s website. Scammers will usually not have a proper website


If you suspect you are a victim of an SMS or USSD scam, you can do the following:

  • Cell C: Dial *133*1# and from there you can block content billing
  • MTN: Dial *141*5# and select which services to unsubscribe from
  • Telkom: Dial 180 and follow the prompts
  • Vodacom: Send an SMS containing “STOP ALL” to 30333

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