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Scam alert – Don’t send money to get a job at Kenya’s Naivas supermarket

IN SHORT: A job advert posted on Facebook claims the Naivas supermarket chain is recruiting dozens of workers across Kenya. Don't fall for it.

Naivas, a major Kenyan retailer, is hiring, according to an ad posted on Facebook.

The ad, for “serious workers”, lists a variety of jobs, including cashiers, drivers, cleaners, storekeepers and packers. Each job is listed with an expected salary.

The ad's caption tells a slightly different story – that Naivas is looking for 200 casual workers in each of Kenya's 47 counties. These include messengers, cleaners, warehouse supervisors and loaders, all of whom will be paid a fixed daily wage of between KSh850 and KSh1250 (US$6 to $8).

Interested candidates are asked to “book” via a WhatsApp number. But there's a catch. Those shortlisted will have to pay KSh500 for job cards and company uniforms. 

Is the advert genuine? We checked.


Signs of a scam

The requirement to “book” using a private number was an early red flag, as was paying for job cards and uniforms.

To verify the ad's authenticity, we searched the Naivas website. But we couldn’t find any such jobs listed.

The website does feature a disclaimer advising job seekers that, if in doubt, they should confirm the jobs advertised with Naivas directly through official email addresses provided.

Naivas was also keen to stress that it does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

All signs point to these ads on Facebook being fake.

For more information, read our guide to avoiding scams on Facebook.

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