DIRCO warns of overseas job scams

DIRCO warns of overseas job scams

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has urged South Africans to be more careful when applying for jobs from other countries.

Woman looking for jobs in newspaper
Woman looking for jobs in newspaper/Pexels

This warning comes after a young woman from Limpopo recently fell victim to an English teacher job scam in Thailand.

"This morning (Tuesday) I tweeted about warning South Africans, particularly young people, from just accepting overseas job offers without going through a process of verification,” says DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

"There are a lot of scams online and we find that young South Africans are falling for these scams. Human trafficking remains a reality and we wouldn't want South Africans to fall victim.

"We are calling on the young people to contact the department for verification of the legitimacy of the offer in question."

Monyela adds that the department has launched the Dirco Travel Smart App that will allow travellers to register with the department for any travel either locally or internationally.

"The Dirco Smart App can be found at any app store, this app allows you to register with the department if you are going to be travelling overseas for any reason either work, study or leisure, the app allows you to share information with the department so that if any situation arises where you need help or you are in distress we are able to locate you or your next-of-kin.

"We will be rolling out a marketing campaign to promote the app and this will include messages in ports of entry and exit reminding people about the app. We are working closely with the Department of Home Affairs to also integrate their systems on the app so that the information they capture for the travellers we also have access to that so that we can neutralize the database to help South Africans."


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