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Force Recruitment scam

Scammers impersonate officers in security agencies in Nigeria and claim to be able enlist you or offer you a job, but you need to pay some money to them before you can claim it.

How this scam works

Recruitment & Job racketeers often obtain the information of people who applied for enlistment in security agencies or other jobs from printing outfits, or from trash of same security outfits or even randomly contact people via phone calls, text message, social media, and email or in person claiming to be officers with security agencies.

They claim that in order to get a guaranteed position, you need to pay a large amount of money to them, so that they can ‘sort out’ or ‘lobby’ some other officers.

In they claim you have been enlisted or offered a job, but in order to start processing your job offer for you to claim the job, you need to pay some form of ‘processing fee’, ‘documentation fee’ or the likes.

They even send you job offer letters which appears to be genuine in order to further clear any form of doubts from their victims.

 

Warning signs

  • You are contacted via unofficial channels such as social media or a free email service
  • You are asked to pay to get enlisted: A Nigerian Security Agency would not ask it’s applicants to pay money to get enlisted.
  • You are asked to pay into personal accounts for processing fees or the likes.
  • There are usually grammatical errors on the job offer letters or on phone conversations with the scammer.

 

How to protect yourself

The Nigerian Security agencies and other Government parastatals have official channels of announcing vacancies or job postings. There are also specialized portals used for collecting applicant’s information.

Verify Job postings and enlistment offers on official websites of the relevant security agencies listed below:

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Air force

Nigerian Navy & Navy Enlistment Portal

Nigerian Customs Service

Nigerian Immigration Service

Nigerian Police Force

If you didn’t apply for enlistment, you can’t be selected.

 

Have you been scammed?

If you have scammed in a force recruitment scam, contact the police  or other relevant 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.

Spread the word to your friends and family to protect them.

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