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Qatar’s Safari Mall not hiring workers in Kenya — ignore fake job ads on Facebook

IN SHORT: Some Facebook posts claim that Safari Mall is hiring workers for Kenya’s main airport. This is not true. The Safari Group only has malls in the Middle East, it has no presence in Kenya.

Several posts on Facebook claim that Safari Mall “urgently” needs people to work at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Kenya’s largest aviation facility. 

Safari Mall is owned by Safari Group, a company based in Qatar in the Middle East.

“Safari Mall workers are urgently required Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, payment of all casual workers will be paid a fixed amount of 35,000 ksh _45,000 ksh per month,” reads one post

Other versions of the advert do not mention the Kenyan airport. Positions listed include cleaners, drivers and parking operators. The posts include a photo of a shopping mall with a red illuminated sign saying “Safari Mall”. The image is overlaid with text that reads: “Jobs in Safari Mall.”

The ad has also been posted here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Perhaps to widen their reach, the posts have been published on public Facebook groups, including one with more than 130,000 members.

But is Safari Mall looking for workers in Kenya? We checked.

Scam post offering jobs at Safari Mall

Ignore fake job ad

Africa Check contacted the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the government agency that manages airports in Kenya, including JKIA. The KAA said the ad was “false”.

“We do not have a ‘Safari Mall’ at JKIA. Currently, we do not have any recruitment going on. This is a scam,” the agency told Africa Check in an email. 

All job vacancies are advertised on their official website, the authority said. 

Using Google Lens, we searched for the image that accompanied the Facebook posts and discovered that it shows a shopping mall in Qatar. We found the exact location on Google Maps. 

Safari Group’s malls are located in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, not in Kenya.

Protect yourself from fake job ads by reading our guide to spotting online scams here.

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