Facebook scammers prey on desperate South Africans to make money

Facebook scammers prey on desperate South Africans to make money

Evans Kalunga is one of many South Africans who has fallen victim to Facebook scammers promising desperate people non-existent jobs

Evans, who lives in Port Elizabeth, is an unemployed boilermaker

He was disappointed after replying to a Facebook job advert

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Facebook scammers are leaving desperate South Africans hanging after they promise non-existent jobs on the popular social media site.

Evans Kalunga was scammed by a page called 'Jobs Opportunities' that required interested peeps to comment on it.

Although he commented, Evans said, “There was no response, they have not come back to me. I can just see other people commenting also."

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Stats SA said Mzansi unemployment was at nearly 6.7 million in December 2019.

Facebook scammers prey on desperate South Africans to make money

South Africans have been warned about fraudsters preying on desperate South Africans.
Source: UGC

Those numbers are steadily rising due to the coronavirus pandemic bringing the economy to a standstill, leaving millions of people vulnerable to being scammed by the many Facebook fraudsters.

For example, in January, Africa Check wrote a piece in which they warned that the home affairs department (HomeAffairsSA) doesn’t advertise jobs on Facebook & its spokesperson said they weren’t recruiting for “general workers” at the moment as a scam page has claimed.

Often, these false adverts are easy to spot.

They tend to be badly written and the links don’t take you to an official website.

However, sometimes it's not easy to weed them out.

The 'Jobs Opportunities' page that raised Kalunga’s hopes was previously known as 'Employment Opportunities'.

It was created in November 2018 and has a whopping 15 000 followers.

The end game for these type of pages is to make money from advertising revenue.

The jobs posted are fake - they just want page views in order to make money from advertisers.

People really need to do their due diligence, even when interacting with celebrity pages on social media.

In 2018, Briefly.co.za reported that Mlindo The Vocalist warned fans and promoters against a Facebook page that was impersonating him and asking for money.

Shauwn Mkhize also warned fans against a Twitter scammer using her name and pictures.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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