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Kruger National Park warns against false representation
Date: 16th August 2013
There is phishing email circulating around, from an address firstname.lastname@example.org with a job application form that has a South African National Parks logo attached. The source/s sending the email urges recipients to apply for a job in the Kruger National Park (KNP), giving them details of where and when in the Park; the field training would take place if one has been selected. Of much concern is that the email states that the successful candidates would need to pay a rental fee of R600 which includes breakfast and supper.
“We would like to warn the public to be on the look-out for people claiming to represent the South African National Parks (SANParks), in particular the KNP by offering job opportunities. SANParks has its own established channels in place of dealing with recruitment and placement at no charge,” said the General Manager, Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa.
These fraudulent sources do not address the email recipient by name nor provide their contact details e.g. residential address, telephone number, business registration number except the email address email@example.com; wherein the candidates should submit the required documents, including proof of payment.
This scam comes at a time when the Park is in a process of selecting and training 122 security guards. “Those who apply for any advertised position in the Park and are successful should please note that they will only be contacted by relevant HR officials who will identify themselves via telephone; and not through email. To verify issues of employment in the KNP, the public can call 013 735 4127 and ask to speak to the HR Helpdesk Official.
Mabasa further warned everybody to check the credentials of the person/s who claim to be SANParks/KNP before contributing anything of monetary value to them.
South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4262
General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, Cell 082 807 3919