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Ignore online posts about Nigeria Customs Service recruitment – it’s a scam

IN SHORT: The Nigeria Customs Service has warned that it is not recruiting. Posts online claiming otherwise are out to scam people.

Claims that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is recruiting resurfaced online in March 2024.

The claims appear on Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here

One of the posts reads: “I posted about custom recruitment and replacement but people are calling me scammer, I'm not a scammer that's why I decided to drop the link for you people.” 

The link directs to a webpage where applicants can supposedly register. The webpage features a countdown claiming that the online registration process will close shortly.

A note at the top of the webpage reads: “ This is to notify the public that The Nigeria Customs Service does not have any agent for the online application. Therefore, you are to make the payment of ₦5,000 Application fee on this website ( and you will get a confirmation of approval for your application on your phone number and email if successful.”

Africa Check debunked a similar claim about the agency’s recruitment process in October 2023.

Are these newer claims correct? We checked.


Once again, NCS is not recruiting

Asking applicants for an application fee is the biggest red flag with these claims. Legitimate companies or government agencies usually don’t ask for recruitment or registration fees. 

In a post on X dated 5 March 2024, the NCS said it was not recruiting.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) wishes to alert the general public that there is no ongoing recruitment at the moment. Steer clear of unverified information to avoid falling prey to the antics of scammers. Stay updated by checking our verified official social media channels for accurate information about NCS,” it said.

For tips on how to spot online scams offering jobs, grants, loans, and gifts, read our guide here.

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