Look out for inconsistencies
The “New jobs” Facebook page was created in July 2020 and already has over 22,000 followers.
The first red flag is that Facebook users are asked to share and comment on posts, sometimes with their personal details, for example the province they live in.
This is an example of engagement bait – posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. The more people do this, the greater the Facebook page’s reach.
Some posts include links, supposedly to online application forms, but these are all dead ends.
Instead of being taken to a legitimate employment website, you are taken to an unrelated, basic-looking website called jobscamp.co.za. It is full of pop-up ads and colourful banners.
Africa Check previously investigated the website and found that its owner was earning money from views and clicks. None of the vacancies posted here or on the Facebook page “New jobs” are legitimate.
For further useful information, read our detailed guide on how to identify job scams. – Africa Check
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