Recruitment scams and what to look out for

Recruitment scams, what to look out for.

It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a real job posting online and a scam posting, but, if you’re careful with your job search and watch out for these red flags, you can easily start to spot the real from the fake.

At we screen each posting that comes through to stop those that might look a little fishy.

As a Job Seeker, you should not have to pay upfront for any admin fee or any other “application fee”. If something seems out of place about the company or agency report it immediately to the  Department of Labour or your nearest South African Police Services.

When applying for any job vacancies on our website, or anywhere else for that matter, please keep the following in mind.

    1. 1. Some websites pull through jobs posted on other recruitment or job websites. If you are directed to a website and are merely asked to enter your email address or other personal information, be wairy as these may be phising sites or they may just be collecting your information. By just providing your email address does not mean you have applied for the position, so beware there are a lot of these sites out there sending candidates on a wild goose chase. At freerecruit we put you directly in touch with the company by either providing a link to the companies online application form or a valid email address.


    1. 2. A legitimate employer will never ask for a admin or any other fee from a jobseeker / work seeker. (e.g Criminal Checks, Background Checks etc.) (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT, AND IS AGAINST THE LAW)


    1. 3. A Recruitment Agency or Personnel Agency is NOT allowed to ask or charge any fee from a work seeker for securing employment. The Employment Services Act, 2014 (Act No. 4 of 2014), Clause 15 “Prohibits private employment agencies from charging work seekers any fees for services rendered”. Any Agency charging a fee from a work seeker for services is operating illegally and must be reported to the Department of Labour.


    1. 4. A legitimate company advertising a legitimate vacancy will NOT ask you to comment (yes, your location, address or any other details) on a post.


    1. 5. (Commonly used: “Comment YES if interested” or “Comment with your location and telephone number” – THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)


    1. 6. A legitimate company will NOT ask you to Whats-app or inbox them via Facebook, but will request a CV for application by means of e-mail or fax or upload via their website.


    1. 7. A legitimate company will NOT post a job and indicate applicants to show up at a specific address without proper or prior application.


    1. 8. A legitimate Government position will clearly indicate which Government Department, the position’s requirements and the remuneration offered. Usually a closing date for applications are indicated for Government positions.


    1. 9. A legitimate position will NOT contain spelling errors in the post such as “Shere” instead of “Share”. (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)


    1. 10. A legitimate company will NOT inbox you on social media, or provide you with any information on Facebook via your inbox, if you share the post. (Commonly used: “Share and we will inbox you the contact details” – THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)


    1. 11. A legitimate Business or Government organization will not provide a freemail email address (e.g gmail or yahoo for applications to be forwarded. (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)


    1. 12. A legitimate Business or Government organization will have a legitimate website address and landline telephone number.
    1. 13. If a position advertise a basic monthly gross salary, but with interview/appointment indicate that the position is commissioned based or based on a certain amount of work/sales before qualifying for the basic salary, it is unlawful and the company must be reported to the Department of Labour.

Browse our legitimate job vacancies for  peace of mind.