A message emerged today on a popular messaging app, WhatsApp, that the Nigeria Customs Service is recruiting for replacements.
According to the fraudulent NSC recruitment, which has gone viral on the messaging app, vacancies are available for Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Assistant Inspector of Customs, and Custom Assistant.
It directed interested applicants to forward their CV to email@example.com, a mail service which is Russian-based.
How Legitimate are the vacancies?
A visit to the Nigeria Customs Service Official website shows that there’s no vacant position at the NSC at the moment.
To check the authenticity of job listing at NSC for yourself, please visit NSC recruitment page at https://www.customs.gov.ng/jobs/joblistings.php
Things to watch out for in the purported scam email
The extension of the email address @mail.ru is owned by a Russian-based internet service. From our research, it shows that the mail was created for the purpose of defrauding the large number of Nigerian youths, some of who are desperately in search of job.
The fact the mail.ru is Russian doesn’t mean that the sender is from Russia. We believe that the sender of the message is Nigerian-based.
Mail.ru isn’t popular among Nigerians, which is one of the reasons for using it. The sender knows that Nigerians are more familiar with gmail, and yahoo. Nigerian could have easily identified the two.
“Mail.Ru Group, ООО (commonly referred to asMail.Ru22) is a Russian Internet company. It was started in 1998 as an e-mail service and went on to become a major corporate figure in the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet.”—Wikipedia
Official email addresses of Nigeria Customs Service are
Note that @customs.gov.ng is a custom-email which usually comes with a custom domain. And note that NSC isn’t recuiting now, don’t send your CV to either firstname.lastname@example.org or any other email address. There are guidelines for recruitment into military and paramilitary.
What will happen if you sent your CV to email@example.com?
You’d begin to receive unsolicited job vacancies abroad, which offers are mostly too good to ignore. Through that you’d be defrauded.