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It’s a scam! Beware of fake ads offering non-existent jobs at Naivas supermarkets in Kenya

IN SHORT: Jobs at the Kenyan supermarket chain Naivas are often sought after. But do not fall for these fake adverts offering non-existent jobs at the retailer.

Two graphics posted on Facebook by different users claim that Naivas, a major supermarket chain in Kenya, is recruiting.

The graphics, posted in January and February 2024, claim that the company is looking for cashiers, drivers, cleaners, storekeepers and receptionists among others. They also feature the supermarket chain’s logo.

Both users encourage interested candidates to apply via the WhatsApp numbers provided. The ads also offer attractive salaries for the positions.

They have been posted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

Jobs at the supermarket chain are often sought after. But are these offers legit? We checked.


Several red flags

There are several clues that the ads are not from Naivas. While they were posted in January and February, there were no such vacancies on the retailer’s official Facebook page during this period. In fact, on the careers section of its website, the supermarket chain has displayed the message: “There are currently no vacancies.”

It is suspicious that the two ads are similar, but are posted by different users with different contact numbers. The supermarket has listed its official phone numbers as +254111184200 and +254202055564 in the “contact us” section of its website. None of these appear in the Facebook ads in question.

The adverts ask those interested to engage privately by sending a message to the WhatsApp numbers listed. But the supermarket chain told us in 2023 that it “doesn't recruit via WhatsApp”, and we could find no indication that this has changed since then.

These ads are fake.

To protect yourself against scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them. 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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