Job scam alert! Kenyan retailer QuickMart isn’t hiring on Facebook

Kenyan supermarket chain QuickMart has warned job seekers not to fall for an advert on Facebook claiming the retailer is conducting mass recruitment across the country.

The fake ad appears on an imposter Facebook page calling itself “Quickmart Supermarket”, which has only 50 followers. QuickMart’s official Facebook page (@quickmartkenya) has close to 7,000 followers.

The ad links to a Google Form that is suspiciously similar to forms used in other job scams exposed by Africa Check.

It claims QuickMart is looking to hire 943 new employees, including 353 distributors and marketers, 248 cleaners and guards,149 receptionists, 146 drivers and more.

Applicants must pay KSh450

But as with the other scams, the form asks job seekers for an “application fee”. Applicants must pay KSh450 “to be used to cater for QuickMart Membership Loyalty Card and training”, it says.

“Only applicants who have paid registration fee will be considered.”

Africa Check showed the ad to Betty Wamaitha, QuickMart’s head of marketing.

“The advert is fake and has not originated from QuickMart,” she said. “The public should be cautious against being defrauded.”

‘We do not charge an application fee’

Wamaitha said people looking for jobs at QuickMart should instead drop off their applications at any of the retailer’s branches – at no cost.

“Any job seeker willing to join our team can submit his/her application through any of our branches for consideration,” she told Africa Check.

“We do not charge any recruitment fee or solicit any kind of favour in exchange for consideration. Any applicant experiencing the same should raise a complaint immediately.”

And what about the loyalty card?

“We have a loyalty card which is given freely and whose sole purpose is to only reward our loyal customers with points whenever they shop and they can redeem the points for equivalent merchandise,” Wamaitha said. – Dancan Bwire (24/04/19)

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check has partnered with Facebook to combat fake news and false information on the social platform. This fact-check is part of the initiative.

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