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A potential fraudster trying to defraud unsuspecting employers

by lloyd last modified 2017-02-17 14:11

14 February 2017

The Department of Labour has learnt of a self-appointed individual/s masquerading as a Consultant responsible for internal audit functions of the Department.  He claims to have been appointed to audit UIF returns for a variety of companies.

This alleged fraudster goes by the name of Richard Maluleke with a Johannesburg business address and telephone numbers.  Preliminary investigations conducted by the Department revealed that those telephone numbers belong to a well-known stationery company in the country which has got no dealings with the said gentleman.

The correspondence between the Department and the company concerned also revealed that numerous enquiries have been received from a number of employers pertaining the same matter.  It was later also found that he changes the address and contact details as the Eastern Cape contact details were given to our officials during their enquiry into this case.

“We therefore urge employers and the clients of the Department in general to be wary of this individual.  He is nothing but a crook trying to milk you of your hard-earned monies.  We further appeal to the business community and the society at large to verify with the Department the authenticity of anyone with suspicious motives claiming to do business on behalf of the Department”, said Nomfundo Douw-Jack – acting Chief Director: Provincial Operations in the Free State province.

Some of the common factors an employer needs to note to differentiate between a legitimate labour official and a fraudster are the following;

Ø  The labour official will always use a departmental email address in his/her correspondence,

Ø  The Department of Labour has its own officials responsible for auditing UIF returns and will therefore never appoint a private individual to act on its behalf,

Ø  These officials always carry and should, upon request, produce identity cards and/or appointment letters with the Department’s letterhead,

Ø  The Department is well aware that this individual, together with other villains like him, can try and manufacture their own identity cards and appointment letters, thus it also encourages employers to contact the Department of Labour HR office should they somehow still suspect foul play. The number to call is as follows: 051 505 6230 / 31

Ø  Alternatively, they can contact the Fraud Hotline on: 08600 22 194/ fraud@labour.gov.za

This felon has written emails to one of the employers from a town called Zastron in the Free State province. In his correspondence to this employer, he is coercing and intimidating him to furnish him with documents relating to UIF returns, failing which, a judgment will be imposed on the employer.

Issued by: Josial Ramokoena

Provincial Spokesperson: Free State

083 292 4018

josial.ramokoena@labour.gov.za


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