“WE ARE HIRING!! Following the recent completion and opening of Emara Ole-sereni we are urgently hiring staff to fill various positions at the Hotel,” reads the page’s most recent post.
It then links to “our website” – in reality a Google blog site – where job seekers can supposedly get “more information on vacancies and how to apply”. A form on the site asks people to supply personal information – their name, email address and phone number. They are then told that “someone will be contacting you shortly”.
This could be an attempt to steal personal information for identity theft. Fake job ads have also been associated with human trafficking.
The fake Facebook page – with the handle @Ole-Sereni-Hotel-101211701727050 – was only created on 4 September 2020, and has about 580 followers.
Ole-Sereni’s real Facebook page – @oleserenihotel – was created almost 10 years ago, on 9 November 2010. It has more than 93,000 followers. And the hotel’s real website is at ole-sereni.com.
‘Ignore fake employment adverts’
On 7 September Ole-Sereni posted a screenshot of the fake job ad on its Facebook page, stamped “fake employment advert”.
“Ole-Sereni Hotel urges the public to ignore fake employment adverts being circulated by imposters,” the post reads. “All job vacancies are advertised on www.ole-sereni.com and national dailies where applicable. Please note that Ole-Sereni does not require applicants to pay fees during the recruitment processes.” – Grace Gichuhi
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