In a case that would best be suited for a movie script, thousands of job seekers were left high and dry after being duped to pay millions for jobs at a hotel in Masai Mara.
Fraudsters put up a job advertisement indicating that Mara Crescent Hotel was hiring for various positions including front desk staff, room attendants, waiters, Barmen, kitchen staff and cleaners.
The salary ranged between Ksh20,145 and Ksh38,600 and thousands of eager Kenyans tried their luck.
Some of the victims indicated that they parted with Ksh2,740 as medical certificate fee among various other facilitation fees of the vacancies that did not require physical interviews due to Covid-19.
According to requirements listed by the fraudsters, the successful applicants would get a two-year contract and their pay would be reviewed upwards at the end of May.
Their moment of shock came when they went to the facility to start their jobs only to be met with the heartbreaking news that they had been scammed.
Speaking a section of the press, a representative from Mara Crescent Hotel confirmed the existence of the hotel but explained that no vacancies were open at the moment, adding that the advertisement that left thousands stranded was not affiliated to the hotel which was gearing for a re-launch.
“No (Mara crescent did not run an advertisement), the advert we had run had already closed. No more applications now,” stated the official.
“We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, friendly staff to be part of our opening team at the Mara Crescent. At Mara Crescent, we believe your attitude is more important than anything.
“This is why we wish to recruit dynamic, result oriented and committed individuals to serve within the Resort and on game drives,” read the advertisement in part.