Facebook ad for jobs at southern African retailer Spar just another scam 

A Facebook post claims that the southern African supermarket chain Spar is hiring. It shows a photo of a woman in a Spar branded uniform. 

The post says jobs are available for “general workers with or without matric”.

Applicants are asked to comment “YES” so they can be inboxed a fax number. The post includes a link to a page where people can supposedly apply online. 

But the link is not to the official Spar website. Instead, it takes you to a blank web page with a single link on it. If you click that link, you are taken to yet another website.

None of the sites have anything to do with Spar. This setup is similar to a number of other Facebook pages Africa Check has investigated for posting false job ads. 

Spar doesn’t advertise jobs on Facebook 

Spar’s official South African website says that the company advertises jobs on South African online recruitment platform PNET

“We have teamed up with PNET, one of South Africa’s largest online career portals, to advertise vacancies,” it says.

Val Pillay of Spar’s service bureau previously told Africa Check that vacancies at the head office are not advertised on Facebook. 

This ad does not specify a specific store or office, but it is clearly a scam. – Africa Check 


 

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”. What should you do? First, don't delete!

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Fighting coronavirus misinformation

Africa Check is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers fighting misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the alliance here.

© Copyright Africa Check 2020. Read our republishing guidelines. You may reproduce this piece or content from it for the purpose of reporting and/or discussing news and current events. This is subject to: Crediting Africa Check in the byline, keeping all hyperlinks to the sources used and adding this sentence at the end of your publication: “This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website", with a link back to this page.