The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has alerted the public on strategies being applied by fraudsters on a purported recruitment into the service, just as it said 12 suspects had been arrested.
A statement from the spokesman, Wale Adeniyi, yesterday said it was launching a war against internet fraudsters who specialise in extorting money from innocent persons on the pretext of offering them jobs, auctions or contracts.
“This integrated approach on the social media is coming on the heels of a recent upsurge of fraudsters using the name of the Nigeria Customs Service to solicit applications for non-existent jobs for a fee that is usually paid into personal bank accounts,” the statement said.
The service said there was a trend of such advertisements on the Whatsapp platform with an insertion of the website address which then redirects victims to the fake site, www.customsrecruit.com.ng where they are requested to make payments to complete the phoney forms. It said 12 suspects had been arrested and would soon be taken to court. It advised the general public to discountenance such advertisements on any online platform except those released in the NCS authentic and authoritative platforms: www.customs.gov.ng and www.facebook.com/customsng.