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Beware fake job ads on Facebook in South Africa

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Facebook posts purporting to advertise jobs with companies including Coca Cola and KFC have racked up hundreds of shares in South Africa, but the brands told AFP that the ads are fake.

‘ARE YOU UNEMPLOYED?’ asks one of the posts, which we’ve archived here. ‘KFC IS HIRING EXTRA December workers’. It asks Facebook users to click on a link to apply and leave a comment with the name of their province in order to receive an application form.

More than 400 people have commented on the post since it was published on November 19, 2019. Some have left their phone numbers and messages, ‘help please’ and ‘share’.

The ad was published by ‘Sifunisana Imisebenzi’, a Facebook page with more than 24,000 likes which regularly posts about job vacancies.

A screenshot taken on November 20, 2019 of the misleading Facebook post

However, the advert is fake. A spokeswoman for KFC in South Africa, Taki Simeli, said it was nothing to do with the brand.

“KFC can confirm that this is not an authentic KFC poster. Job seekers are advised to follow the correct and legitimate recruitment process at KFC,” she told AFP via email.

A similar post published on the same Facebook page, ‘Sifunisana Imisebenzi’ on November 7, 2019 claims Coca-Cola is ‘looking for Students and Unemployed people for December jobs’.

Again, hundreds of people have commented on the post with the name of their province in order to receive an application form.

A screenshot taken on November 20, 2019 of the misleading Facebook post

A keyword search on Facebook reveals that the advert has also been shared here on the ‘SA Job Seekers’ page, which has more than 90,000 likes.

However, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola told AFP via email that the advert was fake.

“This is not our advert,” said Motshidisi Mokwena, Head of Reputation and Regulatory Affairs for Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa.

The links featured on the fake ads bring Facebook users to pages here and here on a site called newtechideas.online. According to domain verification tool WhoIs, the website’s IP address is in Mumbai, India.

A screenshot taken on November 20, 2019 of the IP information for the jobs website

You can find details of opportunities to work at KFC and Coca-Cola in South Africa on their websites.

AFP has previously debunked fake job ads including a Facebook post claiming the Kenyan government was heading a huge recruitment campaign and that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, was recruiting thousands of people to work at an oil refinery in Nigeria