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Naivas supermarkets in Kenya conducting mass recruitment in 2022? No, beware of another scam

IN SHORT: Despite widespread ads saying the supermarket chain is recruiting for a whole host of vacancies, Naivas is not luring job-seekers on Facebook or WhatsApp. The misleading ads might be attempts to scam the desperate.

An advert posted on different Facebook groups in October 2022 claims that Kenyan supermarket chain Naivas is conducting the first phase of “mass recruitment”.

It reads in part: “NAIVAS SUPERMARKET 2022 1ST PHASE MASS RECRUITMENT!! We are looking for supervisors, drivers, cashiers, receptionists, messengers, attendants, securities and cleaners.”

It then gives a phone number to contact “HR”, or human resources.

Africa Check has debunked a number of fake job adverts targeting the supermarket. In March, we debunked one such ad offering bogus jobs across different towns in Kenya.

This new ad also appears here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

But is it legit? We checked.


Clues ad is fake

There is no mention of any open positions on Naivas’s official Facebook page

It is also suspicious that while the ad is the same, different people are posting it on Facebook with different contact numbers, supposedly for the supermarket’s human resource manager. 

And none of the three numbers we saw feature in the “contact us” section of the supermarket’s website.

The ad’s request to have those interested engage privately by sending a message to a WhatsApp number might be an attempt to scam them.

In March the supermarket told Africa Check that it did not advertise vacancies on social media, and we could find no indication this has since changed.

To protect yourself against scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them. Report any suspicious Facebook posts by clicking “report post” on the top right of any post.

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