“Want to join our dynamic team? We wish to announce to the general public that we as Bata group have employment opportunities and the positions need to be filled up as soon as possible. Any interested applicant should check out the available job posts and apply using this link or email us your CV and supporting documents to: [email protected],” the post from 27 February 2020 says.
The link in the post leads to a Google Form which claims the company has over 150 vacancies, including for social media marketing executives, IT technicians, receptionists, sales executives, drivers and messengers.
The form asks for applicants to fill in their personal details and upload their CVs. On the second page, there’s also a suspicious condition listed: “I agree to all the terms and conditions and also understand that I will have to pay the registration fee, if I get selected.”
So is Bata hiring or not? We checked.
Bata dismisses ad
On 5 March, Bata Kenya posted a screenshot of the advert on its official Facebook account, with “FAKE” stamped in red across the image. The post is captioned: “Beware of the fake job ad. Bata is currently not hiring.”
The phoney Facebook page on which the jobs are advertised is titled “Bata Kenya LTD”. It was set up on 3 January 2020 and only has 307 followers.
The company’s official page is titled “Bata” and was created on 6 December 2010. It has over 7.5 million followers.
The shoe company has previously warned people about fake ads. In January 2020 Africa Check also exposed a fake Bata ad posted on Facebook. – Grace Gichuhi
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