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Scam! Carrefour Kenya exposes fraudulent job ad on Facebook

A post on the Facebook page “Carrefour-Kenya” claims the supermarket chain has 500 jobs available – for a fee.

“ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL KENYANS ON CARREFOUR JOB VACANCIES,” it reads. “Due to the explosive emergence of carrefour supermarkets in urban and near-urban areas in nairobi, Carrefour is currently recruiting over 500 personnel to work in various departments provided by the company.”

The post links to a Google form. Here job seekers are asked to pay a KSh380 “registration fee” via the M-Pesa money transfer app to apply for the jobs.

The job ad shows all the signs of scams Africa Check has exposed before – using a Google form for applications, and asking for a fee to be paid via M-Pesa

And the Facebook page “Carrefour-Kenya” was only set up on 12 November 2019.



 

‘Recruitment through fake account’


On 28 November, Carrefour Kenya posted a screenshot of the job ad on its official Twitter page, with the word “FAKE” stamped on it in red.

“Our attention has been drawn to a recruitment post through a fake Carrefour Kenya Facebook account,” the retailer tweeted.

In the comments below the tweet, Carrefour explained more.

“We would like to notify the general public that Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarket Kenya Ltd (Carrefour Kenya) works with accredited agencies namely Flexi Personnel and Engin Solutions Limited for its recruitment services,” it said.

 “We also wish to clarify that Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets Ltd does not charge candidates any application fee and neither does the company handle interviews outside their branches.

“Any other agencies with the exception of the two above named do not have the authority to act on behalf of Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets Kenya Ltd (Carrefour Kenya).” – Grace Gichuhi









 

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