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Beware of fake Facebook account ‘Jackline Hope’ advertising bogus job offers

IN SHORT: This Facebook account claims that Kenyan retailer Naivas is looking to fill over 940 vacancies. It also offers electronic products and asks users to pay in small instalments. But this is a fake account after your hard-earned money.

The Facebook account Jackline Hope claims that Naivas, a major supermarket chain in Kenya, is urgently looking to hire at least 940 people for May 2024.

One of its posts reads, in part: “We are undergoing Massive expansion ,this is in a preparation of a high demand season  which normally begin on September!!”

According to the account, interested applicants should be at least 19 years old and fluent in English and Kiswahili.

The account has posted photos of the supermarket’s employees at work. It has also posted televisions, claiming to be selling them with the option to pay in small instalments.

But are these offers to be trusted? We checked.

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Several signs of a scam

Many supermarket chains in Kenya have social media pages and websites where they communicate with the public about available opportunities. While the Facebook account posted the jobs in April and May, there were no such vacancies on the retailer’s verified Facebook page during this period.

At the time of writing, Naivas had this message on the careers section of its website: “There are currently no vacancies.”

The account asks users to apply for the jobs via WhatsApp using the phone number 0101035919. But the supermarket has listed its official phone numbers as +254111184200 and +254202055564 on the “contact us” section of its website. None of these appear in the Facebook ads in question.

We contacted the account on WhatsApp and pretended to be interested in the jobs. We were told that we needed to pay KSh115 for a “contract letter”. This is a common trick used by scammers to defraud users. Reputable companies rarely ask for money before hiring you.

These ads are fake.

Report any suspicious Facebook posts by clicking on the three dots at the top-right corner of the post and selecting “report post” from the drop-down menu.

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