The Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) says it has apprehended 12 suspected Internet fraudsters for allegedly circulating fake job recruitment.
According to the paramilitary organisation, the suspects specialise in extorting money from innocent Nigerians under the pretext of offering them jobs, auctions or contracts.
Wale Adeniyi, Public Relations Officer at NCS said in a statement that the fraudsters have been using the name of the government agency to solicit applications for non-existent job offers for a fee that is usually paid into personal bank accounts.
“The advert currently circulating on the WhatsApp platform is the latest of those criminal attempts to mislead desperate job-seekers”, NCS says.
The post which went viral over the weekend is a copy and paste reproduction of the previous recruitment adverts, with a clever insertion of the NCS website address, the NCS spokesman says.
”To achieve their criminal objective, the same advert directs applicants to visit a fake website which is www.customsrecruit.com.ng. Victims are eventually requested to make some payments to complete the phoney forms,” according to the body.
NCS advised the general public to “discountenance such advertisements found in any online platforms except those released in the NCS authentic and authoritative platforms: www.customs.gov.ng and www.facebook.com/customsng.”
“To avoid being victims, all prospective job seekers, and those who want to transact any business with the Service are advised to note the official online platforms as well as visit the nearest Customs station when in doubt,” the statement adds.