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‘Boxer Hiring’? No, Facebook page a scam

The scam Facebook page “Boxer Hiring” offers fake jobs at South African supermarket chains such as Boxer and Shoprite.

A typical post on the page claims that Boxer is looking for 3,600 general workers and cleaners. Salaries of R4,800 to R6,000 a month are offered.

The page’s posts include a link, not to a legit website but to a link aggregation site. This is a clear sign of a scam. The link aggregator in turn links to the site The site is full of ads, and its owners earn ad revenue when people visit it.

Users are also asked to inbox the page admins. The scam could be an attempt to steal personal information for identity theft. Fake job ads have also been associated with human trafficking.

Images taken from real website

The fake Facebook page was created on 23 May 2020 and has about 1,200 followers. Boxer’s official Facebook page was created on 9 November 2011 and has more than 377,000 followers. 

Boxer has told Africa Check in the past that it does not advertise job vacancies on Facebook.

Jade Skinner, Boxer’s digital marketing coordinator, alerted Africa Check to the page’s activities. She told us the page had been running fake job campaigns using logos and images taken from the retailer’s website.

Learn how to protect yourself against online fraudsters in our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them. – Dancan Bwire


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