Fake ads for both government and private sector jobs have spread on social media recently, many using Google Forms for bogus applications.
The latest is a job ad claiming to be from Kenyan supermarket Tuskys. It was posted twice on a Facebook page called Tuskys Supermarkets Recruitment on 11 February 2019.
The post links to a Google Form titled “Official Tuskys Supermarket Employment Form - 2019 intake”. The salaries offered range from KSh18,500 to KSh34,500.
“All first time applicants must pay a registration fee of KSh350 only which is REFUNDABLE if you don’t qualify to get a job,” reads the advert. It adds: “ONLY APPLICANTS WHO HAVE PAID REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE CONSIDERED.”
The payment is supposedly for a Tuskys loyalty card and training “for those who will qualify” to work at the company.
The post has about 2,200 comments, 10,000 reactions and 400 shares.
Advert similar to other fakes
The advert wasn’t posted on the retailer’s official Facebook page, which has more than 170,000 followers, but on a fake page with nearly 2,000 followers.
It’s similar to one posted on 25 January 2019 on the fake Tuskys Supermarket Jobs Facebook page, advertising the same positions for the same KSh350 fee.
‘Fake pages, fake recruitment’ says Tuskys
Tuskys warns on its official Facebook and Twitter accounts that it’s not hiring, and that people should beware of being conned.
Fake page, fake recruitment.
The information going on a fake Facebook page - Tuskys Supermarket Jobs, is false.
Tuskys does not charge any fees whenever we are doing recruitment for whatever position that may open up. -Nem pic.twitter.com/WsEHnK75ek
— Tuskys (@TuskysOfficial) February 28, 2019
“Fake pages, fake recruitment,” it says. “The information spreading through fake Facebook pages - Tuskys Supermarket Jobs and Tuskys Supermarkets Recruitment, that we are conducting mass recruitment is false and is intended to con innocent job seeking Kenyans.
“Tuskys does not charge any fees whenever we are doing recruitment for whatever position that may open up. We urge members of the public to be cautious and not to send any money.”
‘Loyalty card not a requirement’
The store says job-seekers should visit its website to find vacancies and send their CVs directly to its human resources office.
“In case of vacancies at Tuskys, the announcements are posted on www.tuskys.com. Applicants are always invited to send their CVs directly to our Human Resource Office which thereafter conducts a fair, transparent and professional interviewing process. No money is asked from the applicant neither do we charge a recruitment fee. During job recruitment exercise at Tuskys, Customers Loyalty Card is not a requirement for employment neither is a potential employees required to have it.” – Dancan Bwire (12/03/2019)
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