Back to Africa Check

‘Job offers fraudulent’ says Shell Kenya

A fake ad posted on Facebook in Kenya claims oil and gas company Shell Kenya is looking to hire “150 people per county” as it prepares “to open at least 10 petrol service stations in all 47 counties in Kenya”.

“Interested candidates are invited to make online applications by filling the required details on the forms created on our official website,” it reads.

It lists vacancies for “station supervisors, pump station attendants, drivers and messengers, technicians, cleaners, security guards, receptionists” and more, with salaries.

Dated 28 October 2019, the post says the training of shortlisted applicants will begin on 6 November.

Clues to a fake

The link in the post is not, as it claims, to Shell Kenya’s official website. Instead, the link goes to a page on a site with the URL

On the page, job seekers are asked to send a registration fee of KSh350 via mobile money platform, M-Pesa to a “Mr Boniface, the human resources manager… to cater for processing and filing the applicant’s employment documentation”. 

Real recruiters usually don’t ask people to pay money to apply for a job.

‘Attempt to defraud Kenyans’

Africa Check contacted Shell through Facebook to ask about the ad.

“That is a deliberate attempt by some individuals to defraud Kenyans,” Shell replied.

“We are not hiring. These job offers are fraudulent and not related to Shell. Job vacancies are put up on our website  or our social media pages, Facebook and Twitter.” – Grace Gichuhi


Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.