FACT-CHECK

FAKE: Naivas Supermarket job advertisement is a scam

The post claims that the retailer is recruiting new staff for the upcoming branches.

In Summary

• The form states that applicants who do not pay the registration fee will not be considered, while those who do not qualify will have their money refunded.

• The retailer shared a post on Facebook and Twitter calling the recruitment advert a scam.

A post on social media post WhatsApp claiming that retail chain Naivas supermarket is hiring 400 staff across 22 branches is FALSE.
A post on social media post WhatsApp claiming that retail chain Naivas supermarket is hiring 400 staff across 22 branches is FALSE.
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A post on social media post WhatsApp claiming that retail chain Naivas supermarket is hiring 400 staff across 22 branches is FALSE.

The post claims that the retailer is recruiting new staff for the upcoming branches and the expanded current branches.

The post claims that there are 1,700 positions and 1,325 applications have already been submitted.

It also claims that the job is on a permanent basis.

It asks users to click on the link provided to check out available job opportunities and submit their applications.

However, the link does not direct to the Naivas supermarket website, but to a Google form.

In the advertisement, the positions available include cleaners and guards, customer care receptionists, distributors and marketers, cashiers, warehouse supervisors, fleet mechanics, floor attendants and chefs among others.

No qualifications or requirements for the jobs or the responsibilities involved are mentioned.

Upon completion of the application form, users are instructed to pay a registration fee of Sh370 using the human resource manager’s (HRM) mobile phone number.

The form states that applicants who do not pay the registration fee will not be considered, while those who do not qualify will have their money refunded.

While the form indicates that the HRM is Justine Biwott, additional information says that the confirmation message will show the recipient as Enock Cheruiyot, whose affiliation to the retailer is not indicated.

However, the transaction message indicates that it is Justine Biwott who has received the money, raising suspicions that the job recruitment is a scam.

There is no information about the recruitment on the retailer's website, Facebook or Twitter handles.

The retailer shared a post on Facebook and Twitter calling the recruitment advert a scam and sharing legitimate contact information that customers should use to get in touch.

“Be aware of this fake document passing false information about jobs and stay on high alert,” reads the post in part.

The alert adds that the retailer does not recruit any staff via social media and the impostor Facebook page is not the career portal for the parent company Naivas Limited.

Another job recruitment advert shared on the same Facebook page has previously been flagged by independent fact-checkers.

The Star has looked into the claim that retail chain Naivas supermarket is hiring 1,700 staff, and finds it to be a FALSE.

Edited by D Tarus