Mediclinic is the latest healthcare facility to be targeted by unscrupulous scamsters.
"It has come to our attention that Mediclinic is being falsely indicated in current social media job scams, allegedly seeking to employ various staff members through a number of social media platforms," said Lika Tolken, corporate communication coordinator, in a statement.
Tolken noted that positions advertised may include enrolled nurses, learnerships and other training opportunities.
"The modus operandi of such scams includes the solicitation of money through informal channels such as money market counters to cellular telephone numbers as part of the application or training process."
Mediclinic pointed out that they would never require an applicant to make a payment as part of the application process.
"We seek to distance ourselves from these scams and request individuals interested in seeking employment within Mediclinic to visit our careers page on www.mediclinic.co.za for valid employment opportunities."
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Netcare has also fallen victim to scamsters on social media and other informal platforms.
Peter Warrener, group human resources director of Netcare, said the company’s name is being misused in a series of social media job and training scams.
“Certain Facebook posts falsely indicate that the company is seeking to employ nurses. Similarly, learnerships and internship vacancies within Netcare are also being advertised," he said.
Mediclinic and Netcare outlined ‘red flags’ to help spot fake job adverts:
- Request for upfront payment or banking details as part of application
- Contact numbers are cellular numbers as landlines are ‘out of order’
- Lack of interview as part of the application process
- Legitimate sounding names that resemble the company name (e.g. Medi-clinic, Net-care)
- Use of several company logos on official looking letterheads
- Payment may well be requested “upfront” for administration purposes, accommodation and uniforms
- The payment mechanism is suggested as being facilitated via a cellular telephone number at a money market facility, such as a supermarket.
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