Recruitment Fraud

Our online recruitment process negates fraudulent activity.

Recruitment fraud is a genuine concern; it can happen in all areas we operate. Recruitment scams are increasing, and they involve sophisticated fraud offering fictitious job opportunities, extracting information or money.

Thungela would never ask you for money in exchange for a job interview. We have a formal online recruitment process to advertise vacancies, which provides a unique job reference ID number for tracking purposes.

How to spot a fraudulent request which could be via email, text or telephone or verbally made.

The request (email, telephone, social media [Whatsapp, Facebook etc], pamphlets or verbal) may look convincing. But, you’ll know it’s fraudulent if:

  • It’s asking for money. We’d never do this.
  • It’s asking for personal information such as passport and bank account details, often at an early stage.
  • It’s asking for bank details before we’ve made you a job offer. We don’t do this either.
  • The email address is different to this format: The emails are from free web-based email accounts such as Yahoo, Gmail or
  • They use mobile (cell) phone numbers, rather than office telephone numbers.
  • There’s a guarantee of a job placement.
  • It’s out of the blue: we only offer jobs following a formal application and selection process though approved e mail and telephonic communications, including face-to-face interviews.
  • They insist on urgency from the start.
  • Any documentation is poorly formatted with spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Documents contain outdated branding logos.

If you receive a suspicious email, or want to find out more, you can help us by contacting us at

We recommend that you do not respond to unsolicited offers of employment or those seeking information from people claiming to work for or are associated with Thungela.

What to do if you suspect recruitment fraud:

Do not...

  • Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar.
  • Disclose your personal or financial details.
  • Send any money. Thungela would not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job or a visa either as an employee or as a contractor.
  • Engage in further communication.
  • Share your online applicant profile passwords.


  • Contact Thungela. We have setup an e-mail address where we ask people both internally and externally to report any fraudulent recruitment activity or verify whether communication they have received is legitimate
  • Contact your local police and provide them with information.
  • Save messages from the perpetrator for further investigation and send them to us on

We encourage all applicants to look for current opportunities and register for job alerts online via our careers portals.

It would be helpful to pass on this advice to your family and friends who might be considering seeking employment with Thungela.


Please beware of share fraud.  An unauthorised third party operating in the name and style of JSE Limited - Preference Shares Department, is offering a fraudulent subscription of redeemable Thungela preference shares.