Department of Employment and Labour cautions public of scammers promising R33 000.00 and R35 000.00 payouts

10
Minister for Employment and Labour, Mr Thulas Nxesi

The Department of Employment and Labour wishes to reiterate its warning to the public to remain vigilant of a scam that continues unabated on social media promising them a pay out of between R33 000.00 and R35 000.00

The scammers have re-created a fake Department of Employment and Labour website using the old coat of arms/logo 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.

The fake website claims that “workers who have worked between 1990 and 2020 have the right to get R35 000.00 from the Department of Labour.”

Teboho Thejane, Departmental Spokesperson, said the Department of Employment and Labour has not asked anyone to come forward to receive any of these benefits and will never do so in a manner that it is done through this website. All the benefits from the Department are received by those that have worked for them or are entitled to receive them and are processed at its 125 offices that are spread across the country.

When in doubt, members of the public are advised to visit the Department of Employment and Labour Provincial Offices or the nearest Labour Centre to seek information.

Members of the public are also cautioned to refrain from sharing this information as they are assisting the scammers to reach out to many unsuspecting people; and are also advised to not share their personal information on these social media platforms or website as they are not authentic. The Department’s suite of services is offered free of charge to the public.

To report any suspected criminal acts, members of the public are requested to inform the South African Police Service; report on the Department’s fraud hotline number: 08600 22 194 or email – fraud@labour.gov.za   and or visit the nearest office of the Department.