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Don’t fall for Kenyan census jobs scams

Kenya is set to count its people in the 2019 census. Now many false online adverts are offering jobs for census enumerators and supervisors at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

But there is no such recruitment going on, an official at the statistics bureau told Africa Check. It has issued a warning about the fake adverts, but they continue to make the rounds.

The latest is a link on Facebook that leads to a Google form titled “Census Recruitment Exercise”. It advertises positions for 151,936 enumerators, 25,831 supervisors and 6,573 senior supervisors.

The catch? Applicants must pay KSh250, supposedly “for the exercise and checking of the candidate's Credit Rating Bureau status”.

Beware of ‘fraudsters and conmen’


The bureau warns that the phoney adverts are the work of “fraudsters and conmen posing as employees of the bureau for their selfish gains”.

“We wish to notify the public that all our recruitments are coordinated from our Human Resource Management and Development office in Nairobi. All KNBS job advertisements are done through the daily newspapers, uploaded on the website, and a link sent to the official social media sites.

“Anytime you receive job advertisements purported to be from the bureau, kindly verify such details from our official platforms.” - Alphonce Shiundu (12/11/2018)

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