Africa Check has debunked many other scam Facebook pages claiming to post vacancies at the supermarket chain, but all trying to lure job seekers into paying application fees for non-existent positions.
Could this page be any different?
Red flag city
The page is called “Naivas Supermarket shop”, similar to other bogus pages called “Naivas Supermarket Careers” and “Naivas Supermarket Jobs”.
This page was created in May 2019 and its most recent job ad was posted on 3 September 2020. By comparison, the official Naivas Facebook page was created in 2010. We could find no job ads on the official page.
The posts list a cell-phone number to call, to apply for positions as diverse as supervisors, procurement officers, cleaners, cashiers and health workers. This is not the manner in which large companies usually recruit new staff.
The posts are often poorly spelled, even misspelling common words like “need” and “customers”, another red flag that the ads are fake.
New tactics, same old scam
The posts also link to a Facebook form where data from a Facebook user’s profile is automatically filled in.
This is a different approach from other fake Facebook job ads we have debunked, which have encouraged prospective job applicants to submit their personal details through Google forms.
This Facebook page also reposts photos from the official Naivas Facebook page, in order to seem more credible. A fake Tuskys Facebook page that Africa Check recently debunked deployed the same tactic.
The official Naivas page links to the retailer’s website, unlike the jobs page.
But despite scam job pages becoming more sophisticated, Naivas has previously told Africa Check that they encourage job seekers to submit their CVs directly, in person, at their local Naivas stores.
The supermarket chain has also told us they advertise vacancies on LinkedIn and “use professional HR firms for senior hires.”
This is just another bogus jobs page, created to scam vulnerable people.
To avoid being taken in by Facebook job scams, read our guide to Facebook jobs scams and find out how Facebook scammers make money. – Vincent Ng’ethe
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