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‘2020 Permanent Jobs’ page just another Facebook scam  

A Facebook page called “2020 Permanent Jobs” claims to advertise jobs at various South African retailers, such as Woolworths, Jet, and Shoprite

Applicants are offered salaries between R3,500 and R10,500 a month, and don’t seem to need much experience or qualification.  

But the page is a scam, one of many Africa Check has exposed for posting fake job ads.

Large following ≠ legitimacy

The page was created in May 2019 and has more than 110,000 followers. Each job ad is shared between 100 and 400 times. One ad for cleaners, drivers and general workers at South African retailer Pep, has been viewed almost 3 million times. 

But a large following does not mean that a Facebook page is legitimate. The first red flag is that Facebook users are asked to share and comment “yes” or “help” on posts. This is an example of engagement bait – posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. The more people do this, the greater the Facebook page’s reach.

Some posts include links, supposedly to online application forms, but these are all dead ends. 

Instead of being taken to a legitimate employment website, you are taken to an unrelated, basic-looking website called  The site is full of pop-up ads that the website owner likely uses to make money from views and clicks. And there’s no real way to apply for a job from here. 

The page is a sure scam. Find out how to spot others in our guide. – Africa Check

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