Kenya Airports Authority Exposes Fake Jobs Syndicate

  • Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
    Jobseekers wait to hand in their documents during recruitment at County Hall in Nairobi, 2019.
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  • Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has exposed a syndicate duping unsuspecting individuals with fake jobs that are shared on different social media platforms.

    Through a warning issued on Wednesday, October 27, Kenya Aiports Authority exposed a well-choreographed scheme run by individuals who approach job seekers with lucrative deals and end up scamming them.

    The perfectly orchestrated schemes even go to an extent of convincing the job seekers to pay as much Ksh2700 to support their medical fees before they can be absorbed into the systems.

    A photo of jobseekers queuing on Wabera Street, Nairobi, waiting to be interviewed by The Sarova Stanley on May 26, 2018.
    Jobseekers queuing on Wabera Street, Nairobi, waiting to be interviewed by The Sarova Stanley on May 26, 2018.
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    KAA has since sent a warning to all Kenyans and even shared a sample message that is being sent by the conmen targeting active job seekers.

    "It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous persons are defrauding members of the public through false claims that they can secure employment at Kenya Airports Authority," their statement read in part.

    They added, "Unsuspecting victims are being sent fake job offers via social media. The said offers are hosted on a Google Docs link and victims asked to pay a ‘medical fee’ of Ksh2700. Any vacancies advertised through this premise should be treated with extreme caution."

    To save Kenyans from falling into similar traps, KAA has insisted that all their job opportunities are posted in leading daily newspapers and on their official websites.

    "All job opportunities available at the authority are officially advertised on leading daily newspapers and posted on KAA career portal."

    Cases of Kenyans falling for fake jobs have been greatly influenced by the unemployment rates in the country.

    At least 740,000 Kenyans lost their jobs during the pandemic according to a government report that was released in September 2021.

    “In 2020, Kenya’s economy was adversely affected by the pandemic resulting in significant slowed down economic activities,” stated Treasury Minister Ukur Yatani, who released the report.

    "The restriction in movements and social distancing led to disruption in labor supply, leading to reduced demand for goods and services,” he stated, noting that the number of employed people in Kenya dropped to 17.4 million from 18.1 million, a decline never recorded before in the country.

    Fake Messages Being Sent to Unsuspecting Kenyans Exposed by KAA on Wednesday October 27
    Fake Messages Being Sent to Unsuspecting Kenyans Exposed by KAA on Wednesday, October 27
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