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Domestics “Burial” scam exposed

by lloyd last modified 2008-05-15 12:03

The Department of Labour has warned domestic employers and workers to be on the alert of bogus officials who swindle people of their hard-earned cash under the guise of collecting money for the burial of deceased domestic workers.

Released by Department of Labour on 15 April 2008

The Department of Labour has warned domestic employers and workers to be on the alert of bogus officials who swindle people of their hard-earned cash under the guise of collecting money for the burial of deceased domestic workers. 

 

Unemployment Insurance Fund’ Spokesperson, Kgomotso Sebetso said the Department had been alerted to such unlawful activities by some of the victims of the scam. He said such incidences had been reported in Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban amongst others.

 

Sebetso said the modus operandi of the perpetrators was to phone residences during the day and identify themselves as UIF officials.  They would then ask to speak to an unsuspecting domestic worker.

 

“The purpose of such a call would be to extract information about the workers employment status such as hours of work, salary, days of work and whether the employee sleeps in or out. They will also ask the employee their names, telephone numbers of the next of kin and telephone numbers of other domestic workers in the area,” he said.

 

Sebetso added that armed with the information, the perpetrator/s would then call the employer at the time they knew the worker was not on duty and act as a relative of the worker.

 

“They will then use the information gathered and swindle money out the unsuspecting employer by claiming that the domestic workers has died in an accident and that money was therefore needed for the burial,”

 

Sebetso no UIF official was allowed to call employers or employees to demand money. He said families of deceased UIF contributors need to approach any nearest labour centre to apply in person for death benefits.

 

“The Department of Labour’s inspectors are the only officials who are allowed to carry out inspections by prior arrangements. They will have identification on them and still they are not allowed to receive money from employers. Our inspectors do not carry their business by phone, he warned

 

He urged the public to immediately report such suspicious activities to the police. He urged domestic workers not to reveal any information with regard to their employment status to strangers and employer must not give out money to people claiming to be from UIF.

 

Enquiries: Name Kgomotso Sebetso
Telephone 073 2699 870
Email kgomotsos@labour.gov.za




 

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