In recent times, members of the public especially job seekers have been narrating how they received Job interview invites and on getting to the venue, they are often ‘sweet talked’ from the said job to a networking business or others used for ritual purposes.
Imagine a scammer extorting N10,500 from a graduate who have been unemployed for years, not to talk of the transport fare wasted going to such fruitless interviews or job chat as they usually call it.
This week, we’ve been posting on how to identify these fake job interview invites. The good thing is that most of their messages come in the same format, so you will know its fake!
Here’s a few posers:
1. The message does not bear a company name: most of these scammers won’t include their names on the message you will receive. All you will see are the address, the time and date and a phone number. A genuine company will not hide its identity from a potential employee.
2. The message will say “interview/job briefing”: whatever job briefing means I don’t know!
3. You will see a code or reference: something like “HR=0056” or “REF=002”. This is an indication of the code number of the person who invited you to the “job briefing”.
4. It will contain a phone number: this is the number of your referrer. Most genuine companies don’t give phone numbers.
5. You will see HR Admin in the message instead of company name
6. If you call their number, they will be reluctant to give info on the company.
And please, ignore those people sharing job flyers on the streets, and those ones they paste on walls. Those are scammers and some ritualists too. Be wary also of Job agencies. Do due diligence before submitting your personal details and always go with a friend or family member for any job related appointment.
We will post the names of some of these fake companies/agencies later. If you have any experiences in the hands of these scammers kindly share
it here so that others can learn and avoid them too. Thank you Cheers!