Recruitment fraud

It has come to our attention that various individuals and organisations are contacting people offering fictitious recruitment opportunities in Cape. We are taking this matter extremely seriously, and we are currently working with the appropriate authorities to terminate this fraudulent scheme. By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid and ultimately stop victims falling for this scam.

What is Recruitment fraud?

Recruitment fraud is a sophisticated fraud offering fictitious job opportunities. This type of fraud is normally done through online services such as bogus websites, or through unsolicited e-mails claiming to be from Cape. These emails request recipients to provide personal information and ultimately payments to progress false applications.

How to identify Recruitment fraud

The perpetrators will often ask recipients to complete bogus recruitment documentation, such as application forms, terms and conditions of employment or visa forms. The Cape name and logo is often featured on the documentation without authority.

There is an early request for personal information such as address details, date of birth, CV, passport details, bank details etc.

Candidates are often requested to send copies of their passport, national ID card or drivers licence, passport-style photographs, signed acceptance of the job and court endorsed affidavit of good conduct.

Candidates are requested to contact other companies/individuals such as lawyers, bank officials, travel agencies, courier companies, visa/immigration processing agencies etc.

E-mail correspondence is often sent from (or to) free web-based e-mail accounts such as,,,, etc.

The perpetrators frequently use mobile or platform telephone numbers beginning with +44(0)70 or +44(0)900 instead of official company numbers.

The perpetrators may even offer to pay a large percentage of the fees requested and ask the candidate to pay the remaining amount.

There is usually an insistence on urgency.

What should I do?


  • To report a suspected fraud please send the relevant information to:
  • Please include your contact details together with information relating to the fraud you suspect. You will not be asked to send copies of personal or financial documents.
  • Please ensure that you include the three items below. If you omit any one of these three items, it will take us longer to investigate and identify the perpetrators.
    • Original subject line: Please do not change the original subject line of the email you received.
    • Complete headers: Email headers contain a detailed record of the specific route that an email took through the internet when it was sent to you. This means it can help us identify the perpetrators’ location(s). Full header information is included in every email that is sent. However, often email programs do not display the complete headers.
    • Complete message body: Please include the complete, unedited content of the email message in question. Do not change or edit the message in any way.
  • Save messages from the perpetrator for further investigation if necessary.
  • Include the URLs of any web sites which you believe to be bogus or fraudulent together with as much supporting information of the correspondence you have had with the perpetrators of the suspected fraud.
  • We would advise you to contact your local police and provide them with all information you may have from the senders.


  • Respond to unsolicited business propositions and/or offers of employment from people with whom you are unfamiliar.
  • Disclose your personal or financial details to anyone you do not know.
  • Supply any of the information requested as it may lead to theft of your identity and/or financial loss.
  • Send any money. CAPE does not ask for money transfers or payments from applicants to secure a job, either as an employee or as a contractor.
  • Engage in further communication if you believe the communications may be fraudulent.