From Uche Usim, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has again warned unsuspecting members of the public not to fall into the hands of online scammers who put up phoney vacancies to defraud desperate job seekers.
The spokesman of the national oil company, Ndu Ughamadu, who stated this yesterday in Abuja said the NNPC was not recruiting and urged the public to dismiss any information to the contrary.
The latest clarification is coming on the heels of a fresh recruitment advert purportedly from the corporation being circulated by e-mails and on various social media platforms.
Ughamadu disclosed that the advert, which was on a fake letterhead complete with NNPC logo was purportedly signed by the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and the Chief Operating Officer, Refineries, Mr. Anibor Kragha, and directs unsuspecting applicants to send their applications to a fake e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shedding more light on the scam, Ughamadu said another form of the scam involved text messages, e-mails, and letters inviting gullible job seekers for fake job interviews at the NNPC Towers and other locations across the country with a view to extorting money from them.
He called on members of the public, especially applicants, to discountenance any of such adverts or spurious invitations for job interviews as the corporation was currently not recruiting, stressing that anyone who entertains such invitations does so at his or her own risk.
Ughamadu advised that anyone contacted for the purpose of the fake recruitment should not hesitate to report such invitations to relevant law enforcement agencies, promising that the corporation would continue to engage security agencies on the scam.