Nigeria Customs Service has disclosed that it is launching an all-out war against internet fraudsters who specialise in extorting money from innocent Nigerians under the pretext of offering them jobs, auctions or contracts.
Wale Adeniyi, NCS Public Relations Officer said the action was coming on the heels of the upsurge of fraudsters using the name of the Nigeria Customs Service to solicit applications for non-existent job offers for a fee that was usually paid into personal bank accounts.
It noted that the advert currently circulating on the WhatsApp platform was the latest of those criminal attempts to mislead desperate job-seekers.
He said, “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 Service website address.”
The spokesman added that: “To achieve their criminal objective, the same advert directs applicants to visit a fake website which iswww.customsrecruit.com.ng. Victims are eventually requested to make some payments to complete the phoney forms.
“Already 12 suspects have been arrested and will be soon charged to court.
“The general public is therefore advised to discountenance such advertisements found in any online platforms except those released in the NCS authentic and authoritative platforms:www.customs.gov.ng andwww.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.”