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Jobs at Kenya’s Rivatex factory? No, another scam by ‘Get Jobs Kenya’ Facebook page


That’s the intro to two posts on the Facebook page “Get Jobs Kenya” from 14 July 2020.

Rivatex East Africa Limited is a textile factory in Eldoret, a town in the eastern Rift Valley region of Kenya.

“The company will be operating 24 hrs as from 20th July 2020 due to increasing demand for our products,” the posts say. “350 job vacancies available.” They offer a minimum salary of KSh18,000.

In March Africa Check exposed a scam on “Get Jobs Kenya” that offered nonexistent jobs at the supermarket chain Carrefour Kenya – but demanded a KSh350 “registration fee”.

Are these posts also trying to scam hopeful job seekers out of their money?

‘Only applicants who pay will be considered’

The posts link to a web page on the WordPress blog, which in turn links to a web form where people can supposedly apply. And here’s the catch.

“All applicants are required to pay a fee of Ksh 350, this is however automatically refunded if you don’t qualify to get a job,” reads the form’s “procedure of application”.

We want you to prove to us that you’re actually willing to take up this job and you are indeed in need of employment. NOTE: ONLY APPLICANTS WHO HAVE PAID REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE CONSIDERED.”

Job offers from legitimate companies don’t come with an application fee. This is another scam.

‘Don't be duped!’

On 15 July Rivatex shared a screenshot of one of the “Get Jobs Africa” posts on its Facebook page, stamped “FAKE”.

“Don't be duped!” the company wrote. “All our job advertisements are made public through our local dailies and on our website.” – Dancan Bwire

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