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Don’t be scammed – ignore Facebook posts advertising jobs at KFC Kenya

IN SHORT: Facebook posts list a number of employment opportunities at Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets that would appeal to the many Kenyans looking for work. But job seekers should be wary of job scams that may attempt to steal personal information.

Posts on Facebook claim that the Kenyan franchise of the US fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken is recruiting for several positions in the East African country.

According to the Facebook posts, KFC Kenya is looking for waiters, drivers, cleaners and chefs, among others.

Some of the posts claim the “salary will be ranging from KSh20,000, but negotiable according to the positions and qualifications”. This is about US$150 at current exchange rates.

Candidates must be able to speak Kiswahili or English, be of legal age or “be willing to work with no supervision or minimum supervision”. 

The ad has been posted here, here, here, here, here and here. The posts have also been published in public Facebook groups, including one with more than 63,500 members.

But is KFC really hiring in Kenya? We checked.

Scam post advertising jobs at KFC

Ignore fake job adverts

KFC Kenya hasn’t posted any job openings on its official website or social media pages recently. We checked its social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, X and LinkedIn. The only jobs on its website are for positions in South Africa, not Kenya.

Africa Check sent messages to the phone numbers attached to the suspicious job adverts (not recommended). In response, we were asked for our name, current location, active phone number and highest level of education. 

We were then asked to meet at one of two addresses in the central business district of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. However, these don't match the location listed on the KFC Kenya website or with any of the company’s restaurant addresses.

This is not the first time fake KFC employment opportunities have spread in Kenya. In August 2023, the company used its social media accounts to warn job seekers about fraudulent job ads.

“Our vacancies are only received and verified via our official email address: [email protected],” the company said at the time.

We contacted KFC Kenya to confirm these ads on social media were also fake, but we have yet to hear back.

Protect yourself from fake job ads by reading our guide to spotting online scams here.

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