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Fraudsters now advertising random jobs at unnamed Kenyan supermarkets

Another Facebook advert claiming supermarket jobs are available across Kenya has been flagged as a scam.

The ad doesn’t say which retailers offer the jobs. It just links to a Google Form titled “Official Supermarkets Recruitment 2019”.

The form claims 1,000 jobs are available in Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Malindi, Kisumu, Eldoret… and more.

The positions advertised include 387 marketers, 288 cleaners and guards, 269 salespeople, 198 store keepers and cooks, 147 supervisors... and more.

To qualify, job seekers must pay KSh300  – “to cater for Supermarket Membership Loyalty Card and training”.

Fake Kenyan job ads keep coming on Facebook

Africa Check has debunked many scam ads like this.

They have pretended to advertise jobs including at Tuskys supermarket, Kenya Revenue Authority, Naivas supermarket, World Vision, Choppies supermarket, Huduma Kenya, Shoprite supermarket and East Africa Breweries.

All require an “application fee” – the point of the scam.

The latest ad is no different. Again, it’s an attempt to make money out of unemployed people looking for work.

Do not pay money when applying for a job

Both private and public employers emphasise that they don’t ask people applying for jobs for any money.

“Tuskys does not charge any fees whenever we are doing recruitment for whatever position that may open up,” the retailer cautioned job seekers on its official Facebook page on 28 February 2019, in response to a fake ad using its name.

National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) liaison officer Philip Lemarasia said the same.

“In any recruitment drive by the government, there is no registration fee at all,” he told Africa Check after a fake advert targeted the countrywide NIIMS programme.

And here’s global charity World Vision: “World Vision does not and will never solicit money for any part of its recruitment processes including shortlisting, interview, background, and/or medical check-ups.”

How to apply for real jobs

Employers advise people to visit their websites to find vacancies.

“We post all the available opportunities on the website. If the job (vacancy) is not in the site it means it doesn’t exist,” East Africa Breweries’ Pauline Karimi told Africa Check.

Kenya Ports Authority, one of the government parastatals targeted by scammers, advised job seekers: “We wish to clarify that KPA has a clear recruitment policy which includes publishing of vacancies in the mainstream newspapers and on the KPA website”

Naivas Supermarket’s Willy Kimani said another way to apply was simply to drop off CVs at Naivas stores. – Dancan Bwire (24/04/2019)

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