A job hunting user has alerted Fin24 to a scam which is doing the rounds on the internet. He writes:
I want to share my situation with regards to finding work. I am a Zimbabwean chartered accountant. Despite the large number of vacancies in the papers and on the internet to which I have applied, there is no response from the employment agencies.
Instead, when I apply via the internet, I receive spam responses that require me to fax a long list of documents to an 086 number.
When I received the first email, I was happy as I thought an opportunity had arisen. I became suspicious when I received dozens more of the same email, but "signed off" by different people and with no reply to email.
I then researched on the internet only to find that the emails are spam and sending the fax to the 086 number is meant to increase data charges. It is really frustrating.
PS: Find below a copy of the spam email
We were recently informed that you are at the moment job hunting.
I was appointed to assist you with finding employment, or an income opportunity, that will suit you best.
Please fax your full detailed CV, together with all available supporting documents, such as reference letters & certificates, to our Fax: 086-7133282 (Please do not email your CV & supporting documents, because most of the employers still prefer and insist
on fax copies.)
On receipt of your CV & supporting documents we will evaluate your application, and pass your information on to employers that are currently in need of someone with your specific skills and expertise.
If you are chosen as one of the shortlist candidates, you will be contacted, in order to set-up an interview.
We now await your response.
Our very best regards,
The Employment Specialists
"Your career is our speciality"
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