The unemployment rate in Nigeria has been on a steady rise daily, where the jobs are available, the pay is either too small or not paid at all.
According to data published by the National Bureau of statistics, Nigeria's unemployment rate went up by 18.80% in the fourth quater of 2017.
Scammers have taken advantage of the wide spread lack of employment to prey on the desperation of job seekers accros the country by contacting people randomly via phone calls , text messages, or email offering them unrealistic, mouth watering offers.
These employment scammers are brutally creative and they make you easily fall into their bogus placement tricks, making you lose your time & money and in worst cases sometimes even commit criminal activities with your name and address.
They present forged documents from the said institutions(usually government institutions, oil companies, etc.) offering you employment, and these documents often times look exactly the same as the original job offer letters in order to convince their victims of the genuiness of the job.
The scammers then proceed to request for some kind of payment via fees such as 'acceptance fee', 'documentation fee', 'administrative fee' or something similar from their victims in order to accept the job. They scammers usually insist that the payments for such fees be made via direct bank transfers to personal accounts, or via virtual currencies such as bitcoin, perfect money etc. such that they can not be easily traced.
- A random phone call, text message or email offering you a high paying, guaranteed job.
- To accept the job, you are asked to pay some kind of fees such as administrative fees, acceptance fees, documentation fees, etc. to a Government institution or an oi company via private account.
- Job recruitment agencies without websites to show job offers or without custom email addresses.
- The message does not have a street address, only a post office box or an email address.
- The message is not addressed to you personally.
- The message asks you to provide personal details or a fee for more information about the job or start-up materials.
Have you been scammed?
If you think you have provided your account details, passport or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank, financial institution, or other relevant security agencies immediately.
We encourage you to report scams to us via the report a scam page. This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible. Please include details of the scam contact you received, for example, email or screenshot.
We also provide guidance on protecting yourself from scams and where to get help.
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