Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has informed Nigerians about an ongoing fake advertisements about its alleged recruitment and dismissed the social media advertisement as fake and misleading.
The apex maritime agency clarified this in a notice on its official website yesterday, stating that the agency doesn’t disseminate information about its recruitment via third parties.
The notice reads, “Our attention has been drawn to a fraudulent employment scheme currently making the rounds online, and especially on various social media platforms that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will soon commence ‘massive recruitment’ exercise.”
“This is to inform the general public to utterly disregard such unfounded and false publication as it is a scam being perpetrated by fraudulent agents and persons to mislead and exploit the unsuspecting public. 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. Victims stand the risk of extortion.”
“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 general public not to fall victims to such baseless and false schemes in the guise of employment opportunity.”
“Members of the public are hereby urged to treat with suspicion any such offerings and verify their claims in order not to fall prey to these scammers as NIMASA has not designated any entity or persons to act on its behalf.”
The agency admonished the public to report such incidents to email@example.com or the appropriate law enforcement agencies and disclaimed any liability for any losses incurred by any person (s) as a result of reliance on such fraudulent e-mails/online publications.