The Facebook page “Kenya Red Cross Jobs” claims to offer jobs at the Kenya Red Cross Society. Many of its posts have been deleted, but the website listed on the page is still live.
The page’s most recent post, from 14 June 2020, shows a graphic with the words “Donate Blood, Save A Life” and links to the website. The graphic is often used by the official Kenya Red Cross in blood donation appeals.
The website still advertises thousands of job vacancies at the organisation – 200 positions in each of the 47 counties in Kenya – and promises good salaries starting at KSh2,500 a day.
The qualifications needed are suspiciously low. You only have to be 18 years or older, speak a “local dialect (Kiswahili, English and local language”) and have finished secondary school.
But like the many other scam job pages Africa Check has debunked, including pages also offering jobs at Kenya Red Cross, this one is too good to be true.
Registration fee, other inconsistencies
The website asks applicants to pay a KSh350 “registration fee” via M-Pesa mobile money transfer. This is a sure sign it’s a scam.
There are other suspicious inconsistencies on the website. It says applicants will “attend brief interviews at our USAid Kenya county offices”. It seems these details were copied from another page luring job seekers with fake opportunities at USAid Kenya.
Another notable red flag is that the ads do not appear on the official website of Kenya Red Cross.
Red Cross warns public
Kenya Red Cross has previously made clear it does not charge any fees during recruitment.
It posted on Facebook: “The Kenya Red Cross Society warns members of the public not to fall victims to fake job recruitments. All Kenya Red Cross vacancies are listed in our career webpage https://www.redcross.or.ke/careers.”
The post also warned: “Kenya Red Cross society is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge/accept any amount or security deposit from job seekers during the selection process or while inviting candidates for an interview.”
To protect yourself against scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them and report suspicious Facebook posts by clicking “report post” on the top right of any post. – Dancan Bwire
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