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How to spot fake job adverts

By Esau Alego | Jun 26th 2019 | 1 min read

The level of unemployment and underemployment has hit high levels with about 40% of the young adults falling into this category.

This has led to the rise of fraudsters who swindle the youth of their hard earned money in the name of a job vacancy.

The most daring one being the fake job adverts purported to be done by the Kenya Public Service Commission where thousands of jobs were advertised.

So how do you spot these fake job adverts?

Email address used

Most companies and recruiting agencies tend to use customized email addresses which look formal as opposed to ‘normal’ email addresses, for example, [email protected] instead of [email protected] When you see the latter, then be very careful.

Investigate or make inquiries

It is advisable to carry out your investigation by visiting the organization’s or the institution’s website. You can also directly contact the organization through phone call or email regarding the advertised job.

Soliciting for money

Genuine job advertisers won’t ask for money from the applicants. This is the quickest way of noticing a job scam. No money will be asked before, during, or after the application process if the advert is genuine. 


If a job is advertised on a website that has so many grammatical mistakes, then this a red sign for a fake job, the fonts used will also look ‘funny’ and ‘abnormal.’

Bearing the above stated in mind, be very careful with every job advertised.

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