Mpumalanga department spokesperson Moeti Mmusi shared that the two young men who were scammed had been swindled out of almost R4,000. The woman who scammed them has not been identified.
“The suspect has reportedly created a Facebook account where she lures unsuspecting people by promising them to assist with fast-tracking their applications into these learnerships,” Mmusi said.
Mmusi revealed that the two young men arrived at the department and said they were communicating with the fraudster for two months. She advised them to make their way to Mbombela to start their traffic officer training.
MEC condemns fraudsters, says they should be arrested
MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison in Mpumalanga Vusi Shongwe has given out a warning to community members. Shongwe urged citizens who are seeking employment to be vigilant and not fall prey to scammers impersonating government officials.
The department revealed that a number of young people had reported being cheated out of money in order to get jobs and internships that don’t exist. Shongwe has encouraged the public to disregard such scammers and not give out money.
He shared that the fraudsters were “rogue elements”, adding that they must be reported to authorities immediately.
“We should not allow ourselves to be tricked into paying money for government work or internships because there is no requirement for such. Applicants must follow the instructions clearly stated in the advertisements in order to avoid being taken advantage of,” said Shongwe.
Shongwe believes the scammers need to be arrested. He explained that the scammers used the vulnerabilities of the unemployed youth for personal gain. Earlier this year, the department placed advertisements in the media.
The advertisements invited the youth to apply for the traffic officer learnership, reports IOL. Enrollment in the programme is currently being finalised, says provincial department spokesperson Moeti Mmusi.