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HOAX: This advertisement for jobs at Ibis Styles Hotels in Nairobi is a scam

The hotel has disowned the advertisement.

Syndicated story by PesaCheck.

A job advertisement inviting applications for vacancies at the Ibis Styles Hotels in Westlands, Nairobi, is a HOAX.

The advert, shared on Facebook, takes on the branding of the hospitality service provider. Available vacancies announced in the post include positions for waiters, waitresses, chefs, receptionists, stewards, and bartenders.

Prospective candidates will submit their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a medical letter to be considered for the said opportunities, says the ad.

“We recommend a medical letter not a medical certificate or food handlers. Reservation MUST be confirmed immediately after sending your documents,” reads the advertisement.

Prospective candidates are directed to a WhatsApp number to use if they need to make further inquiries. The advert lists three websites on the bottom-right corner:, and, but does not indicate their connection to the recruitment process.

The advert has also been shared in another Facebook group called Jobs in Kenya.

However, there is no information about the jobs on the Ibis Styles website or its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In a Facebook post on 18 August 2021, Ibis Styles disowned the job advertisement in question and urged the public to ignore it.

“It has come to our attention the above advertisement is running on several job-related platforms. Please do not fall prey, this is NOT us. When hiring, all resumes are requested for by our Talent and Culture team and we do not charge anything for interviews or applications,” reads the post.

PesaCheck has looked into the advertisement shared on Facebook calling for job seekers to apply for opportunities at the Ibis Styles Hotels in Westlands, Nairobi, and finds it to be a HOAX.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck Chief Copy Editor Rose Lukalo.

The article was approved for publication by Managing Editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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