Safety Tips

How do I stay safe while using 9 to 5 Recruitment?

Jobs – top tips for staying safe:

  1. You should find out as much as you can about the company from independent resources before taking up a position. If you are an employer, follow up on references and check on their authenticity.
  2. Meet your prospective employers/ employees face to face.
  3. You should NOT have to provide your bank account details when applying for a job (this should only be once you have accepted an offer and started with the company). If any jobs ask you for them, please report it to us
  4. Unfortunately some scammers do target job seekers so please make yourself aware of the common scams out there. All the usual common sense rules apply – if it looks too good to be true it probably is!

Reporting ads- 9 to 5 Recruitment

9 to 5 Recruitment is a community site. We rely on your feedback to keep the site friendly and safe.

We like to think of it as you, the 9 to 5 Recruitment community, “policing” the site and keeping out the bad guys.

So on the site there is a button “Report ad” where you can bring an ad to our attention. You will be asked to choose your reason for reporting it. Your choices are:

  1. Scam / Prohibited 
  2. Duplicate / Spam 
    • ​If the same ad has been posted more than once a day in the same category
  3. Miscategorised 
    • ​Use this option if you think the ad belongs somewhere else on the site or is the wrong category

 After an ad is reported to us, we take a look as quickly as we can and then decide if we need to remove it.

As you can see, your help and feedback is extremely valuable to us. It helps shape 9 to 5 Recruitment and keeps the content on the site clean, up-to-date and relevant for everyone.


Did you receive a dodgy email claiming to be from 9 to 5 Recruitment?

We’ve heard from some of our users that recently there have been emails going around which claim to be from 9 to 5 Recruitment. These emails say something along the lines of “9 to 5 Recruitment Registration Suspension” or “You’ve Won a Car!”.

9 to 5 Recruitment will never ask you to confirm your bank or credit card details. We also won’t ask you to confirm your account details after you’ve registered by retyping your password into the site.

A common strategy by fraudsters is to make it look like an email is coming from a reliable source and ask you for sensitive personal details. They’ll provide a link to a site that looks almost identical to 9 to 5 Recruitment and ask you to log in. Once you’ve entered your account information the fraudsters have got it.

If you did click the link in one of these dodgy emails and follow through with your login information, please change your 9 to 5 Recruitment password right away. If you use the same password for other websites or services we would suggest changing those passwords as well.

If you receive an email that looks suspicious and is asking you for account details, the best bet is to go directly to the website and log in from there, rather than any links in the email itself.

You can also easily check where an email is really coming from. Any emails sent to you by 9 to 5 Recruitment will come from an “@9 to 5 Recruitment.co.za” email address. Fraudsters will “mask” their email addresses and can make it look like the message is being sent by 9 to 5 Recruitment so it’s important to check the source of the message if you’re not sure.

If you use Gmail – open the message and click on the down arrow beside the reply button and click “show original”.

If you use Apple Mail – open the message and click “view” then “message” and then “all headers”.

If you use Outlook or Hotmail – open the message and click “actions” then “view message source”.

If you use Thunderbird – open the message and click “view” then “headers” then “all”.

If you use Yahoo – open the message and click “full headers” below the email.

Once you’ve opened up the source information you’ll be able to see the email address used to send the message. If the message was sent by anything other than “@9 to 5 Recruitment.co.za” please let us know right away. You can delete the email and you can “report” the email as being spam to your email service.

As always, if there’s anything you’re not sure about or you’re feeling suspicious about an email you’ve received or an ad you’ve seen please contact us here and we’ll be more than happy to help.