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Labour dept warns of scam

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The scammers have been using social media platforms to entice members of the public to access benefits supposedly due to them

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THE DEPARTMENT of Labour has cautioned members of the public against a new scam doing the rounds which promises employees who have worked between 1990 and 2019 that they have rights to get financial benefits from the department.

The department said on Wednesday that it had not solicited anyone to come forward to receive any of the so-called benefits.

The scammers have been using social media platforms to entice members of the public to access benefits supposedly due to them.

“The workers who worked between the 1990 and 2019 have the rights to get the benefits of $R30.000 by Department of Labour of South Africa” reads the tagline used by the scammers to entice and scam the public.

The department said it has not promised the benefits of so-called “$R30.000”. This offer does not exist.

The scammers have since created an online link, where members of the public are instructed on how to withdraw the so-called benefits after answering a set of questions to establish whether they qualify.

The department warned the public not to fall prey to the scam.

The public is encouraged to report such criminal acts to the SAPS or the department’s fraud hotline on 08600 22 194 or e-mail [email protected]