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Shoprite hiring workers ‘with or without matric’? No, Facebook post a scam

A Facebook post claims that South African food retailer Shoprite is hiring workers – with or without the matric school-leaving certificate. 

Positions are available for packers, cleaners, general workers and drivers, the post says. To apply you “must be available immediately”. 

The post includes a photo of a woman in a Shoprite branded uniform, giving it an air of credibility. But it has all the signs of a scam. 



Engagement bait


The post includes a link that people can use to apply for a job online. But it doesn’t take you to the official Shoprite website. Instead, you are taken to a basic-looking website, easily set up with the WordPress content management system. And while the page has some correct information about Shoprite, it doesn’t provide any way to actually apply for a job. 

“If you can't apply online just click 'SHAR£' we will inbox you more details,” the post says. It also asks Facebook users to comment “YES” so that they can be inboxed with a fax number. 

This is engagement bait – content that asks users to engage by liking, commenting and sharing. The more people do this, the further the post spreads. 

But you also want to be cautious when Facebook posts ask to move to more private spaces like an inbox. This could be an attempt to get your personal information.  

Shoprite has previously told Africa Check that job seekers should only use their careers website, which has reliable and up-to-date information. – Africa Check 




 

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