Facebook page promotes fake Woolworths jobs in South Africa

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Seven posts shared thousands of times on a Facebook page in South Africa claims to offer winter jobs at Woolworths, a leading food and clothing retailer in South Africa. However, this is a scam and the company has denied any association with the page.

The scam advert was first posted here on Facebook on May 17, 2021, on a page called “Woolworths-winter-jobs.”

Screenshot of the false post, taken on May 27, 2021

The post asks applicants to submit documents through a Google Sites link. It also asks those who are unable to apply through the link to send a direct message to the page.

The same text has also been shared in other posts (here, here, here, here, here, and here) on the same Facebook page.

Woolworths is a major retailer of food, clothes and homeware, and is based in South Africa. 

Woolworths impostor

However, Woolworths Group Limited confirmed to AFP Fact Check that it has no association with the Facebook page in question and added that it has not advertised the jobs.

“These vacancies are definitely not from Woolworths,” said company spokeswoman, Nwabisa Tyatyaza.

“Please note that all our vacancies are posted on our website at http://woolworths.pnet.co.za  and updates occur daily. Applications are then sent to the e-mail address provided for specific vacancies,” added Tyatyaza.

According to Facebook’s transparency information, the imposter Facebook page was created on May 17, 2021, the same day it listed the first fake job listing.

Screenshot showing page transparency information of the impostor page, taken on May 27, 2021

The official Woolworths Facebook account was created on May 24, 2011, and is verified with a blue checkmark.

Screenshot showing page transparency information of the genuine Woolworths Facebook page, taken on May 27, 2021

AFP Fact Check has debunked several job hoaxes in South Africa, including here for PEP stores and here for the Post Office and Unitrans.