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Scam alert: Kenya’s Naivas supermarkets not offering 1,500 jobs with KSh350 ‘application fee’

An advert circulating on Facebook claims 1,500 jobs are available at Kenyan supermarket chain Naivas.

“Due to its growth, we have opened several branches countrywide, therefore we need more employees to replace the retired ones and work in the newly opened branches,” says the ad, published on Google Forms.

It claims Naivas is looking for 1,500 new employees, including 387 marketers, 288 cleaners and guards, 269 salespersons, 198 storekeepers and cooks, and more.

But there’s a catch.

“All first time applicants must pay a registration fee of KSh350 only which is REFUNDABLE  if you don’t qualify to get a job,” the ad says. It claims the money will be used “to cater for a Naivas Membership Golden Loyalty Card” and for training successful candidates.

Is the advert genuine? We went shopping for answers.

Africa Check showed the ad to Willy Kimani, the chain’s chief commercial officer, and asked if Naivas had issued it. “This is not genuine,” Kimani said.

“We have different channels of advertising but mainly encourage the public to drop CVs in their local Naivas stores. We also advertise on our LinkedIn page and use professional HR firms for senior hires.”

What about the “Naivas Membership Golden Loyalty Card”?

“We only currently only have one type of reward card with a standard reward scheme where we award one point for every hundred shillings spent,” Kimani said. Staff at a Naivas store also told us there was no card with that name. - Africa Check 04/02/2019

UPDATE: The scam reappeared days after this fact-check was published, this time asking for a KSh380 application fee. But it's still the same scam.


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