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Ignore ads for jobs at Kenya’s Quickmart supermarkets, with KSh350 ‘application fee’ – it’s a scam

The scam Facebook page “Quickmart Supermarket Jobs advertises fake jobs at Quickmart, a supermarket chain in Kenya.

To appear authentic, the page uses the retailer’s logo as its profile and cover photos.

In a post titled “QUICKMART SUPERMARKET RECRUITMENT 2021”, the page says the supermarket is “recruiting new staff across our 43 branches in Kenya to fill the positions created by the numerous expansion of our stores”.

It says a “total of 820 vacancies are available in various sections”, including cleaners and guards, technicians, customer care, receptionists, store keepers, cooks, drivers and messengers. Successful applicants are promised a salary of at least KSh18,000.

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Google Form for application

The page was created on 12 July 2021, and is not verified. The official Quickmart Facebook page was created on 3 July 2015 and is verified. The supermarket’s website links only to this verified page. It can also be accessed from the supermarkets website.

Another sign that it’s a scam is that it directs job seekers to a Google Form, not Quickmart’s website, to apply. And here’s the catch. The form requires applicants to pay KSh350 “for registration and processing of staff numbers”. 

Reputable companies don’t ask people to pay for job applications.

‘Never pay for Quickmart job applications’

In July, Quickmart posted a screenshot of the Google Form on its Facebook page, stamped “fake”, and warned the public against falling for the scam page.

Fake Job Alert!” the post reads.

“Please disregard any job related posts that are not on the Quickmart website or our official social media pages. Any job openings shall be announced on our social media pages and website. Stay alert, be cautious and never pay for any Quickmart job application.”

Africa Check has fact-checked another Facebook page offering jobs at Quickmart, and also found it to be a scam.

For more information, read our detailed guide on how to identify Facebook scams.

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