2016 JOB SCAM, PROTECT YOURSELF

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In the wake of 2016 some dare desperate demons flooded the cyber space and social media platform with notice of requirement/vacancy for teachers by the Federal Government. Even the ‘sharp-guys’ were circulating the false information and forming informed papa’s with it… Lol. It went viral in less than 48hours that only I got it about 6 times. Thank God, the Ministry of Education was quite proactive to denounce it immediately. I foresee more of this desperate moves in the days ahead especially as the Government makes frantic effort to create employment opportunity for the teeming unemployed in Nigeria.

So, how do you guide yourself against this dare desperate demons.

1) Look at the job title/description
Before applying for any job, you should look at the job details; watch the tone of the job description. In the past fake jobs advertisers don’t disclose the position or job title they advertise but recently many of them have started disclosing it leaving only few who still don’t. In event they disclose it, the job title are usually generalized with little or no specifics (they do this to get as many applications as possible). Watch out for Job title like Graduate Trainees, Customer Care, Marketing Executive, Graduate Admin Officer, this doesn’t mean that all jobs with these titles are fake but be extra careful when you see titles. On the other hand, the job descriptions are usually generic with no clear explanation on the roles involved in the job.

Most of these fake recruiters/employers target fresh graduates and entry level positions (sometimes mid level) because they believe job seekers in this category are naive and more desperate.

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2) Look at the company Name/details
In the past fake job advertisers claim to be a company outside the country, sometimes they use valid company names but use email addresses or websites that doesn’t relate to the company. Recently, they have become more smart and daring, some go as far as using a registered business names. However, watch out for generic names like Global consult, Careerlink Consult, Human Resources Concepts etc
As a job seeker, whenever you see a vacancy, look at the company advertising, if possible do a little background check on the company. Sometimes big companies use HR agencies to recruit, in that case research on the HR company and know if they have track record. Note some companies advertise vacancies anonymously so as to avoid external influence on the recruitment process.

3) Ask Questions before attending any interview
If you are called for any job interview or sent a text message/email by any company that you are not sure of or that looks suspicious to you, politely call, email or SMS the company to get more information. You should ask about the company, the nature of the job and their location. However, you should search online before asking in case their information is already AVAILABLE. (GOOGLE what others are saying about the job vacancy… I strongly recommend nairaland.com on this, it a trusted forum to verify job related info. If no one as started the trend start it and see people’s response). If you don’t get a reasonable response from the company or information about them or if they refuse to disclose any of the above information, kindly stay away.

4) Trust your gut. Job scammers believe that job seekers must be desperate and count on them to be vulnerable. Sutton Fell notes: “Even though you’re anxious to get hired, don’t let your guard down and leave yourself open to scam artists taking advantage of you.” She also points out some key signs of fake job postings: including lots of capital letters, excessive punctuation, including dollar signs and exclamation points. These scams usually don’t offer details about the job and may request sensitive information, such as your bank account details.  They use generic emails like yahoo or Gmail, such as primaryeduboard@gmail.com (of the recent FG denounced scam).

Finally, the ultimate aim of these fake recruiters or employers is to collect money from you or give you a slave job,  if any at all. However, which ever is the case, DO NOT PAY ANY COMPANY OR PERSON. STAY SAFE

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