Fact Check: 3 popular job advertisements revealed to be fake

Fact Check: 3 popular job advertisements revealed to be fake

- Unemployment is at crisis levels to quote President Cyril Ramaphosa himself

- As citizens compete for available positions, criminals are moving in

- Briefly.co.za explores three popular job ads doing the rounds to determine if they are the real deal

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Millions of South Africans are currently unemployed and citizens are doing their best to cope in a difficult economic climate.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is hard at work trying to attract investment in the hopes of stimulating growth.

Meanwhile, citizens are falling prey to scams and criminals have seized the opportunity to lure in desperate individuals.

Briefly.co.za examines 3 popular job adverts to determine if they are real or fake:

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1. Shoprite 'December' Jobs

Fact Check

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Verdict: Fake

Shoprite has warned against adverts that aren't featured directly on their official website.

The company distanced itself from Facebook ads and reiterated that no fees would ever be asked for when applying for any position.

2. Bakers Logistics Jobs

Fact Check

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Verdict: Fake

This ad seeks to fill driver positions at Bakes SA Limited but isn't featured on the official website or Facebook page.

AfricaCheck reports that citizens who called into the cell number provided were asked to pay a fee upfront before applying.

Bakers have urged people to only apply at careers@bakerssalimited.com and on the official site.

The job advert does not appear on Bakers’ official website and nor is it on the company’s official Facebook page.

3. PEP Stores Jobs

Fact Check

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

Verdict: Fake

PEP confirmed that it never advertises vacancies on Facebook and only through its official website

Things to watch out for when job hunting

  • Major brands will often have an official website, check these for potential job opportunities
  • Never pay fees upfront when applying for a job, this is almost always a scam
  • Keep an eye out for email addresses that are meant to be for a big company, but use generic servers like gmail, yahoo etc
  • Large companies will seldom ask you to call a cellphone number, avoid ads that don't provide an email address

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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