Scam alert: FlySafair warns of fraudulent training email

2018-01-11 08:21 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - FlySafair issued an alert surrounding scam emails offering training for a fee.

Mass emails have been sent out, claiming to be from the airline, offering cabin crew training to aspiring flight attendants, asking for a fee to secure accommodation for the supposed 5-month programme.

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The subject line of the email is 'URGENT INVITATION FROM FlySafair Airlines - 2018 Cabin Crew Trainingship,' and claims to have received an application from the potential victim in July 2016. The email also encourages applicants to resign from their current jobs and entice them further with promises of a salary with medical benefits if they become permanent.

The requested fee for accommodation had a deadline of 10 January, and payments could only be made through PEP stores and ABSA cash send, with no banking details provided.

Other red flags in the email include the physical address of South African Airways (SAA) and a fax number instead of a normal telephone number, claiming that HR is still on holiday until 15 January and won't be able to answer the phones.

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FlySafair has confirmed this email has not come from their company and urge anyone who receives such suspicious emails to please contact their HR department at 011 928 000.

Whenever a potential job email ask for payment at any point in the process, it's usually the biggest sign that it's a scam. You should also verify the job by tracking down the job listing on the company's official website and double check that the email has the same domain name as the website.

This type of scam has hit SAA before in 2016, asking applicants for personal details and to pay an application fee.

If you have made payment already, please contact your local police station.

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