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Viral Coca-Cola ad scam from suspicious Facebook page

An advert posted on a Facebook page claims that Coca-Cola in Kenya is recruiting.

The post is in the same format as previous fake job ads debunked by Africa Check. These have targeted different companies, claiming that the positions are thanks to the Covid-19 situation in the country.

This post says the available Coca-Cola jobs include drivers, machine operators, receptionists, accountants and “tea girls”. Applicants are promised a daily wage of KSh850. 

The post asks applicants to contact the page privately via direct message. This is an unusual way of hiring and is the first red flag that the ad may be false. 

We took a closer look. 



Page previously advertised scam giveaway


Another red flag is how frequently the Facebook page’s details have been changed. 

It was created on 24 July 2020 and first called “Free gas cylinders from total gas”, according to Facebook's page transparency feature. At the time it was advertising free gas cylinders but Africa Check found that these offers were all fake.

On 20 August the name of the page was changed to “Cocacola company job opportunity around Kenya”. It is unlikely that any legitimate advertiser of real jobs would do this and is a clear indication of fraud.

There are no similar ads on Coca-Cola Kenya’s official social media platforms. The suspicious page has no links to Coca-Cola Kenya. The ad is fake.

Coca-Cola has warned the public several times about recruitment scams. Read our detailed guide on how to identify job scams for further useful information. – Dancan Bwire




 

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