Scam alert! Fraudsters post another fake Huduma Kenya job ad on Facebook

A Facebook page called “Parastatals opportunities Kenya” has posted an advert for “Huduma Centre jobs”. Huduma Kenya aims to make the delivery of government services more efficient.

The post links to a document on Google Forms. 

The document lists a variety of jobs. They include human resource managers, operation assistants, finance officers, supervisors, coordinators” and more.

But the jobs are fake, and the ad a money-making scam. A significant clue is that job-seekers have to pay KSh350 via the M-Pesa mobile money transfer app to apply.

Fee for ‘online application processing’?

The next page of the Google form describes a five-step “registration procedure”:

  • Go to your M-PESA menu
  • Send Money
  • Enter phone no 0714091935 (Mr Musyoka, Recruitment officer)
  • Enter the amount Ksh. 350
  • Your M-PESA PIN and confirm to send money.

It claims the KSh350 “is a small fee” for “online application processing” aimed at “slashing costs to applicants who were previously forced to submit the application manually which is tedious and cost ineffective”.

Huduma Kenya doesn’t ask job-seekers for money

Huduma Kenya has issued a fraud alert on Facebook, warning that the ad is a scam.

“Huduma Kenya is not hiring,” it says.

“Members of the public are advised NOT to send or give money to anyone implying to assist them with employment at Huduma Centres. Huduma Kenya does not collect money for any employment related activities.”

The warning is repeated in Sheng, a Kenyan urban lingo.

“FRAUD ALERT. Usiconniwe na ma fraudsters, Huduma Kenya haina vacancies za job saa hii. Please chunga conmen wanapost opportunities na kuuliza pesa. Unaeza call 0206900020 ku confirm kama tuna hire.” 

This loosely translates as: “Don’t be conned by fraudsters, Huduma Kenya does not have any job vacancies at the moment. Beware of conmen posting opportunities and asking you to send money. To confirm if Huduma Kenya is hiring, call 0206900020.”

Previous scams exposed

Huduma Kenya has been repeatedly targeted by fraudsters advertising fake jobs to rake in “application fees” paid by unemployed people.

Africa Check has exposed a number of these scams, as well as suspiciously similar fake ads that ask for a fee and direct job-seekers to a Google Form. – Grace Gichuhi


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