The United States embassy in Kenya says con artists have once again set up a fake Facebook page to scam people out of money.
Through a post on the official Twitter handle on Friday, August 16, the office of the American ambassador asked Kenyans to be vigilant and help in reporting and circulating fake alerts.
#FRAUDALERT: #Facebook took down the first fraudulent ‘USAIDKENYAJOBS page’, but they have reopened it. Please share this widely and go to the page and write FRAUD or FAKE as many times as you can. Help us stop them from tricking innocent people into sending them money. pic.twitter.com/ZRLgnBm4dG
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) August 16, 2019
Facebook removed the fake page “USAIDKENYAJOBS after the embassy reported it earlier this year. The page has since returned.
The embassy says that the page is being used to trick innocent Kenyans who might end up losing their money as they try to secure fake jobs.
Often, the fraudsters refer to these payments as ‘application or registration fee’ and is often non-refundable.
In June, a group of unemployed youths was conned by USAID importers in Trans Nzoia after they applied for the job vacancies they had advertised.
Over 80 applicants applied for the vacancies with each paying Sh 27, 000 required by the recruitment team.
The impostors reportedly shortlisted some candidates and even communicated a date for interviews and subsequent training sessions for selected candidates.
This scam is very similar to one the Kenyan Public Service Commission reported in May.
The commission said it received several complaints from Kenyans who fell for the con and lost amounts ranging from Sh500 to Sh10,000.
The commission said the conmen tell victims to send money through M-Pesa, which is alleged to be for either Medical Examination or clearance with the National Intelligence Service.
The PSC doesn’t require applicants to pay a fee and all of its jobs are advertised either on mainstream media or through its official website.