Beware Facebook pages offering jobs in other countries

The Kenyan Facebook pageJobs update” has posted suspicious offers for jobs at Cleanshelf, a local supermarket chain, and for people who are a “qualified house girl/boy” willing to work in “several jobs” in Kenya – as well as in Dubai , Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

But it’s a scam – and could be dangerous.

“We are recruiting people who can work on our Supermarkets branches …. cleanshelf supermarket if interested kindly watsapp me 0715132333 or call 0701912516,” the page posted on 16 August 2020.

On 2 September, it posted: “Kindly if you are qualified house girl/boy who can work …and a hardworking individual … kindly we offer several jobs country wide…..we have several jobs… kindly watsapp us 0715132333 or call us through this number 0701912516 we also offer jobs abroad Dubai , Saudi Arabia,Qatar.”

Both posts link to application forms on Facebook, where data from a Facebook user’s profile is automatically filled in. Users are also repeatedly asked to WhatsApp for more information. The page gives an anonymous Gmail email address – not an email associated with any recruitment agency.

Africa Check has debunked many other scam Facebook pages advertising jobs at Kenyan supermarket chains, the Red Cross in Uganda and multinational companies in South Africa, to name just a few. 

Fake job offers from anonymous people can be used to steal people’s personal information, and have been associated with human trafficking especially if the “jobs” are abroad.

Cleanshelf warns of ‘fraudulent’ ads

Both posts have sloppy spelling, such as misspelling WhatsApp as “watsapp”, and poor grammar. These are common warning signs of a scam. A genuine recruitment agency would not use such unprofessional language.

The official Cleanshelf supermarket website has links to the company’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. There are no links on the jobs page to any official, verified social media accounts. But the Cleanshelf Facebook page has posted two warnings about fake job ads. 

The supermarket chain advised that all job applications should be sent to the email address [email protected] and that recruitment calls received from a particular phone number were “fraudulent and must be reported to the relevant authorities”.

The retailer also said all vacancies were advertised on cleanshelf.co.ke and that the company never asked applicants to “pay any fees to be offered a job”. 

The jobs page gives no details about the domestic worker jobs that we could verify. But the post looks as suspicious as the fake ad for jobs at Cleanshelf. To avoid being taken in by Facebook job scams, read our guide to Facebook jobs scams and find out how Facebook scammers make money. Africa Check


 

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