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IEC warns of job ad scam

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RESIDENTS in the Northern Cape have been warned to be on the alert for fraudsters using an online job advertisement in the name of the Electoral Commission to obtain personal information from unsuspecting job seekers.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) issued a warning on Wednesday that the advertisement currently doing the rounds on WhatsApp and other social media, which states that an ‘Election Committee’ has announced 50 000 vacancies for young people, is not a legitimate advert.

“The message goes on to ask people to submit their personal information in order to complete the application process,” the commission stated.

“The e-mail address and logo used in the message is not the commission’s address and logo, however, unsuspecting job seekers may easily mistake the advert as legitimate and fall for the scam.

“The Electoral Commission only advertises notices of jobs and vacancies on the official website www.elections.org.za.”