The Acting Area Commissioner for Waterval Management area, V Nkosi has issued a warning to the public not to fall prey to a job scam currently circulating.

In a statement issued on behalf of Nkosi and the excecutive management, Nkosi said that there were people claiming to be employed or connected to the Waterval, Newcastle and Utrecht correctional services, and were selling jobs. “These perpetrators persuade people to deposit money, usually R1 500 and up, using cash send services at retail stores. Afterwards, they are told to go to either of the centers to collect uniforms and commence their duties,” said Nkosi.

The statement confirmed that the Department of Correctional Services does not request any form of payment in terms of employment. “Our institutions are currently experiencing a high number of people coming to our centers with their luggage claiming to be waiting for a bus to take them to a college.”

The statement urged victims of the scam to report such criminal activities to the police and advised them never to make payment for any type of promised employment.