The Norwegian Embassy in Kenya denounced the complaint.
A Facebook post with a link to a website claiming that the Norwegian government is recruiting foreign workers in 2022 is a hoax.
The message reads: “*NORWAY GOVERNMENT JOB RECRUITMENT 2022*
This is open to all individuals (sic) who wish to work in *NORWAY*, Here is a great opportunity for foreigners to easily work in Norway.
Norway, the post adds, needs more than 380,000 workers in 2022 and “more than 120,000 jobs are open to apply for”. Travel costs, housing, accommodation and medical facilities are covered by the program. Applicants must be 16 years or older and can speak basic English.
The benefits of the said program include instant work permit and visa application assistance. All nationalities, individuals and students can apply, depending on the position.
However, there are red flags about this post that indicate it is a scam. The first red flag is that the website landing page contains grammatical errors and does not redirect users to the Norwegian Embassy website.
The text on the homepage reads: “Norway is currently recruiting qualified and unqualified people to work freely in Norway with instant visa and work permit 2022. Anyone of all nationalities can apply.”
To begin the application, interested parties must provide personal information, including name, phone number, email address, gender, and country. This is another characteristic of online scams.
When you click Continueyou must answer a series of questions about your professional situation, your marital status and your age group.
After completing the questionnaire, a new page appears informing users that their application to work in Norway has been approved. However, to get the visa form, applicants need to share the information with 15 friends or 5 WhatsApp groups. Failure to share the information means said visa form will not load. This is another common feature of phishing scams.
At the bottom of the page are comments from the alleged successful applicants.
The website’s WHOIS information indicates that it was registered on April 18, 2018 in the United States.
There is no information about the job offer at the Norwegian Embassy in Kenya Twitter account or website.
To authenticate the claim in question, PesaCheck contacted the Norwegian Embassy in Kenya, which denounced it.
“That’s not true,” the embassy responded in an email.
All information about working and studying in Norway is described on the embassy website.
PesaCheck reviewed a Facebook post containing a link to a website claiming that the Norwegian government is recruiting foreign workers in 2022 and found 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 organizations like PesaCheck help tell fact from fiction. We do this by giving audiences deeper insight and context into the posts they see in their social media feeds.
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The article has been approved for publication by the editor of PesaCheck Doreen Wainainah.
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