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Facebook posts purporting to advertise free nursing training opportunities in South Africa have gained hundreds of interactions. The claims allege that Netcare, a private healthcare facility in South Africa, is offering the placements to “unemployed South Africans”. However, a NetCare spokeswoman told AFP Fact Check that the ads were a hoax, noting that job ads are only published on the company’s official online channels. 

“Nursing Free Training 2021. If you would like to work please try your luck here just leave your number on the link one of the consultants will call you. Netcare is offering Free nursing Training opportunities for unemployed South Africans,” reads this post published on a public Facebook group with over 48,000 members. More than 300 users have expressed their interest in the training in the comment section.

The post then invites applicants to download a PDF form via an external link and provide personal details. The link leads to a landing page that features NetCare’s logo and an “Apply Now” prompt, which in turn directs people to a WordPress blog.

A screenshot of false Facebook post, taken on November 9, 2021

The same claim has been shared in other Facebook posts (see here and here). This post circulating in Tanzania has a different external link to a form requesting users to share private information.

However, none of the external links leads to an official contact page belonging to NetCare.

NetCare communications manager Marietjie Shelly confirmed that the advert was a “scam”.

“This is a scam advert and not true. It is sad that unscrupulous scammers are trying to mislead people,” Shelly told AFP Fact Check.

Meggan Saville of Martina Nicholson Associates, the law firm representing NetCare, said this was not the first time the company had appeared in fake adverts. 

“Regrettably our client’s name is sometimes illegally used by people advertising job or training offer scams, and this seems to be an example of this,” Saville said. “Members of the public can contact the Netcare Human Resources Shared Services Centre on 086 022 5547 to find out whether a job or training opportunity is legitimate”.

AFP Fact Check has previously debunked scams linked to job and training opportunities in Africa here and here.