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Beware! Checkers ad for jobs in South Africa is fake

A post shared on Facebook in December 2019 claims that South African supermarket chain Checkers is recruiting.

According to the advert-like post, Checkers has permanent job positions open for young and unemployed South Africans.

The post says successful candidates will earn between R4,000 and R6,000 per month.

Applicants are asked to comment “YES” and promised that they will then be “inboxed” a fax number. They are also encouraged to share the ad. 

However, the links in the post lead to an unrelated job advert. So is Checkers really looking for new employees?

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Africa Check contacted Shoprite Holdings, who owns Checkers, to check the authenticity of the advert. The media team told us they do not advertise open positions on social media. 

“We would advise that job applicants only use reliable sources or refer to the careers section on our website to be sure that the information that they are accessing is authentic and current.”

“Good consumer advice will always be to not provide personal details to an unknown third party,” Shoprite told Africa Check.

They also pointed out that the company does not require candidates to pay a fee during any job application process. Being asked for a fee would be a warning sign that a job poster is “not operating with our knowledge or consent”. 

The Facebook post is not advertising genuine vacancies at Checkers. – Dancan Bwire 

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