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No, Tanzania’s power company Tanesco is not hiring, forms asking users to share link are a scam

IN SHORT: A job advertisement from Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco) asking users to share links with five groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp to get hired is fake. 

A post on Facebook has announced job vacancies at the Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (Tanesco).


Tanesco is Tanzania's national electricity supplier, established in 1964. Its operations are regulated by the energy and minerals ministry.

The ad links to a form with a heading that reads: “TANESCO Form Portal ya Kuajiriwa 2023/2024.”

This translates to: “TANESCO Form Employment Portal 2023/2024.”

The form asks applicants to provide personal details such as their full name and gender.

On the next page of the form is a message that reads: “Umefuzu hadi hatua ya mwisho Endelea Ili kupata barua yako ya Kuteuliwa. Jinsi ya kuendelea: 1.Ishiriki na vikundi 5 au marafiki 15 kwenye WhatsApp (Bonyeza "gawo" icon below). 2. Utaelekezwa kiotomatiki kwa yetu "BARUA YA UTEUZI" ukurasa baada ya upau wa uthibitishaji wa KIJANI kujazwa. 3. Utapokea Barua pepe ya uthibitisho Ndani ya Saa 24 Baada ya Kufaulu Kutuma Ombi.”

This translates to: “You have qualified for the final stage, proceed to receive your nomination letter. How to proceed: 1. Share with 5 groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp (click the share icon below). 2. You will be automatically redirected to our "NOMINATION LETTER" page after the GREEN confirmation bar is filled. 3. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of your successful application.”

Below this message is a green button that directs users to share the link.

Jobs adverts don't usually ask applicants to share links on social media in order to be hired.

So, is this one legit? We checked.

Ignore Tanesco job offer asking you to share links

Tanesco, through its official, verified Facebook page, posted a screenshot of the ad with the word "FAKE" stamped on it in red.

“Shirika la umeme Tanzania (TANESCO) linautaarifu umma kuwa portal hii na tangazo hili halina ukweli wowote lipuuzwe na iwapo nafasi za ajira zikitangazwa zitatolewa kwa utaratibu rasmi kupitia website ya shirika na kurasa zetu za kijamii,” the company said.

The Kiswahili means: “Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) informs the public that this portal and this announcement do not contain any truth and should be ignored and if job vacancies are announced, they will be issued in an official manner through the organisation's website and our social pages.”

This is a form of a scam known as engagement bait. At the end of this requirement to share the link with five groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp, there is no nomination letter.

This scam will only increase the reach of the post, but is not a job offer.

To protect yourself from online scams, read our guide: Facebook scams and how to spot them.


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