Beware fake Shoprite job ads on Facebook in South Africa

Beware fake Shoprite job ads on Facebook in South Africa

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Multiple South African Facebook posts claim that retailer Shoprite will hire thousands of irregular employees for the December 2021 term. This is incorrect; These posts are among the job scams that usually pop up at this time of year. The retailer told AFP Fact Check it had nothing to do with the Facebook posts and advised applicants to use its website or WhatsApp number to consider any job.

The Facebook posts (here and here) include links to websites aggregated for dodgy jobs and ask the applicant to comment “help” or their phone number.

“Shoprite is looking for unemployed people, 500 males and 650 females to start work immediately. You want many people as general workers, cashiers, packers, cleaners, drivers and security with or without matric (sic),” reads one post, shared more than 500 times since November 15, 2021.

Screenshot of a fake Facebook post, taken on November 19, 2021

Comments on the post indicate that many people believe the posts are legitimate, with some sharing personal information or a “help” comment.

Screenshot of comments posted on the misleading post on Facebook, taken on November 19, 2021

The AFP Fact Check followed the links, which redirect users to web pages on, where several companies allegedly list job offers. However, each of these links deviates to other shady job aggregation sites – not the advertised Shoprite slots.

Screenshot of a page, taken on November 19, 2021

No Shoprite Posts

After sharing a false post with Shoprite, the company told AFP that it had “no link to the Facebook post,” adding that the Jobs tab on its website gives real and up-to-date details of the various jobs available.

“Holiday work in stores for the December period can also be accessed from the Jobs section of the website and selecting ‘Work in our stores’, or ‘Send a WhatsApp message to 0872405709’ and select ‘Job Opportunities’.

“The Shoprite group of companies will never ask a candidate to pay a fee when applying for a position within the group,” the representative said.

“A good advice would always be not to provide personal details to an unknown third party.”

Screenshot of the application process on the Shoprite website, taken November 19, 2021

Unemployment high

AFP Fact Check earlier debunked several similar fake job postings here, here, and here.

South Africa’s official unemployment rate remains significantly high – 34.4 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from 32.6 percent in the first quarter, according to the national statistics agency, StatsSA.

The expanded unemployment rate, which takes into account discouraged job seekers, rose from 42.2 percent to 44.4 percent.


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