ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Fraudsters use Life Healthcare brand to advertise jobs

Following a recent increase in fraudulent job advertisements, Life Healthcare is once again warning the public to be wary of numerous scams that use Life Healthcare hospital names with the aim of soliciting money from potential job-seekers.

The fraudulent advertisements are placed predominantly on recruitment websites or job portals where Life Healthcare hospital names are used to advertise both genuine and fictitious vacancies at Life Healthcare.

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In some instances, applicants are requested to make an upfront payment as part of their application, often as much as R4 000.

Once applicants have paid the fee, they receive no further feedback and are unable to contact the person who posted the job advertisement.

“Over the past 12 months the hospital industry has become aware of fraudulent job offers, but we have seen a marked increase in these postings over the past few weeks.

“Job seekers who apply for hospital positions and are subsequently requested to make a payment upfront should not part with any money as this is not how we recruit new employees,” said Life Healthcare HR executive, Juliet Mhango.

Mhango urged job seekers to report these fraudulent adverts to the webmaster of the online portals where the advertisements were posted.

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“We encourage job seekers to rather visit the Life Healthcare careers page and follow the application process from there,”, she said.

What to look out for in a potentially fraudulent job advertisements:

  •  The enquiry contact number is a cell number since landline numbers are “out of order”.
  •  A fax number is provided as the only contact method.
  •  The application form requests banking details.
  •  Payment may well be requested “upfront” for administration purposes and uniforms.
  •  No face-to-face interviews are requested.
  •  Posts do not use the hospital name in full, for example Bedford Gardens Hospital as opposed to Life Bedford Gardens Hospital.0
  •  While the position itself may well be an existing, vacant position at Life Healthcare, the application process is not legitimate.

If in doubt, job applicants should contact the HR administrator of the hospital in question to clarify whether the hospital has advertised posts on a particular career or recruitment website.

Should potential candidates wish to apply for a legitimate Life Healthcare position, please visit the careers web page at http://www.life.co.za/Careers/

 

  AUTHOR
Charmaine Slater
Senior journalist (Edenvale)

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