The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has disowned a fraudulent employment scheme currently making the rounds on various social media platforms claiming that it would soon commence ‘massive recruitment’ exercise.
A statement issued by the Management of the apex maritime agency in Lagos on Friday noted that these fraudulent persons had also been known to contact innocent people through email, social media and other forms of internet publication soliciting for payment, inducement, advance fees or other favours in exchange for employment.
The statement observed that victims stand the risk of extortion while warning members of the public not to make any payment whatsoever to unscrupulous persons parading themselves as employment agents.
“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 unsuspecting 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.
“Please report such incidents to email@example.com or the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
“NIMASA expressly disclaims any liability for any losses incurred by any person (s) as a result of reliance on such fraudulent e-mails/online publications”, the statement warned.
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