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IEC Cautions Job Seekers Against Scams



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The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned the public sternly about fraudulent activities on online job advertisement websites, falsely claiming to represent the organisation and seeking personal information from unsuspecting job seekers.

According to Kate Bapela, a spokesperson for the IEC, these scams are circulating on various platforms, including WhatsApp and social media, with scammers deceitfully advertising recruitment opportunities for the upcoming 2024 national and provincial elections. The fraudulent posts entice interested individuals to provide their details, falling victim to the scam.

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Sy Mamabolo, Chief Electoral Officer of the IEC, emphasised that while the IEC is genuinely recruiting for the forthcoming elections, these phishing sites are entirely illegitimate and are meant to take advantage of unsuspecting applicants. One such site has already been shut down, but the IEC has received reports of others operating.

Mamabolo urged the public to remain vigilant and exercise caution when encountering any post, message, or website that requests personal information during the application process or redirects them to other suspicious sites. Such activities are typical characteristics of potential phishing sites, where fraudsters disguise themselves as the IEC to extract sensitive personal data from individuals seeking job opportunities.


To clarify the genuine avenues for job advertisements, Mamabolo reiterated that the IEC solely advertises job opportunities through its official social media channels on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, as well as on its dedicated recruitment portal available on the official website,

To safeguard themselves from falling victim to these scams, the IEC advises all job seekers to apply for positions exclusively through their official website. Furthermore, the public is encouraged to verify the legitimacy of any job advertisement by reaching out to the IEC through their verified social media pages or via email at [email protected].

For those interested in applying for available positions with the IEC, the genuine registration and application process can be accessed directly through the Electoral Commission’s official jobs portal at

By disseminating this warning, the IEC aims to protect job seekers from potential harm and ensure they have access to authentic employment opportunities while thwarting the efforts of these malicious scammers. The public’s awareness and vigilance are crucial in combatting this emerging threat and preserving the integrity of the electoral organisation’s recruitment process.

Source: IEC warns job seekers about scams


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