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Beware fake ad for jobs at Huduma Kenya – it’s a scam

The internet has become an essential advertising platform for business and government. But as organisations increase their online presence, so have fraudsters.

Africa Check has already exposed a number of fake job adverts for real companies and government agencies in Kenya. The ads, posted on Facebook, have all required job-seekers to pay an “application fee” of KSh350.

Conmen target service delivery programme

The fraudsters are now going for Huduma Kenya, a government programme that works to deliver services to citizens.

The suspect post was published on 4 March 2019 on a Facebook page called Government JOBS, which has more than 6,000 followers.

“Huduma Kenya secretariat is doing mass recruitment,” it says. It links to a job ad and application form.

The jobs advertised are for human resource managers, operation assistants, finance officers, supervisors and others.

Another ‘application fee’ required

But, again, potential recruits are asked to pay KSh350, this time “for online application processing”.

The post has attracted 2,600 reactions, 2,000 comments and over 500 shares so far.

The page previously advertised jobs at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, which the agency denounced as fake.

‘Report page as fraudulent’

The statistics bureau has warned job-seekers – on their official Facebook page (with over 37,000 followers) and Twitter account – against falling for con men, and asked them to report the page.

“Our attention has been drawn to sponsored social media advertisements purporting to be recruiting for Huduma Kenya. We would like to inform the public that the advertisement is fraudulent and Huduma Kenya has no affiliation with the advertising pages,” the warning reads.

“Please note, we are NOT hiring. Beware of conmen. The advertisement & post by Government JOBS is not true and neither is it from us. Please report the page as fraudulent.”

It adds: “All Huduma Kenya social media pages are verified and thus we urge Kenyans to report these page posing to be Huduma Kenya.”

The official Huduma Kenya website has a link to a ministry of public service portal, where all advertised government jobs can be found. – Dancan Bwire (13/03/2019)


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