The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has raised an alarm over a fraudulent employment website on social media with the intent to scan the public.
According to the agency, the fake website has been misleading the general public with the news that NIMASA will soon commence a ‘massive recruitment’ exercise.
“Our attention has been drawn to a fraudulent employment scheme currently making the rounds online, especially on various social media platforms that NIMASA will soon commence a ‘massive recruitment’ exercise.
“These fraudulent persons have also been known to contact innocent people through e-mail, social media and other forms of internet publication soliciting for payment, inducement, advance fees or other favours in exchange for employment,” it said.
NIMASA warned that victims stand the risk of extortion, warning members of the public to not make any payment whatsoever to unscrupulous persons parading themselves as employment agents.
“For the avoidance of doubt, any party that puts itself forward as acting on behalf of NIMASA for the purpose of recruitment is completely false and NIMASA disclaims and bears no responsibility whatsoever for their action. NIMASA does not communicate employment vacancies through third-party online channels, emails or social media platforms.
“NIMASA hereby expressly disassociates itself from such fraudulent online publications and posts and warns the unsuspecting public not to fall victim to such baseless and false schemes in the guise of employment opportunities,” the agency statement added.
It however stated: “Public members are hereby urged to treat with suspicion any such offerings and verify their claims to not fall prey to these scammers, as NIMASA has not designated any entity or persons to act on its behalf. Please report such incidents to email@example.com or the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
It further stated that NIMASA expressly disclaims any liability for any losses incurred by any person as a result of reliance on such fraudulent e-mails/online publications.