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Don’t be scammed by Facebook page advertising airport worker jobs in Kenya

IN SHORT: Jobs at the country's main airport would be much sought after, but a Facebook page advertising them to thousands of followers is not an official one.

The Facebook page International airport’s jobs claims to advertise work opportunities at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya’s largest airport.

One post, dated 27 June 2023, advertises vacancies for July, including cabin crew, cleaners, baggage handlers and flight dispatchers. Applicants are promised salaries ranging from KSh24,000 to KSh47,000 per month (US$170 to $330).

The jobs are reportedly being offered by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), which operates the country's airports.

Another post, dated 14 June, offered free accommodation to those who will be hired, claiming they were "urgently needed". The Facebook page in question, which has more than 19,000 followers, continued to post the ad throughout the month.

All posts feature pictures of aircraft from Kenya Airways, the country's flag carrier.

But are the job ads legitimate? We checked.

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Ignore fake job advert

KAA posted a screenshot of one of the posts on its official Facebook page and stamped it “FAKE” in red.

“Do not Be fooled, Be Aware & Share! It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous persons are defrauding members of the public through false claims that they can secure employment at Kenya Airports Authority. Unsuspecting victims are being lured through via fake social media pages and posters,” wrote KAA.

“Please note, All job opportunities available at the authority are officially advertised in leading daily newspapers & posted on the KAA official corporate website - kaa.go.ke/careers #BeSafe #KAACares.”

The Facebook page in question started life as ‘Photoshop studio Kenya’ in October 2022, before changing its name to ‘J k i a international airport’ in January 2023. 

After the KAA called it out, it changed its name again to the current version.

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