IN SHORT: The Nigeria Police Force’s recruitment drive is set to close on 26 November 2023. But a link and form circulating on Facebook are not legit. Prospective applicants should follow the police’s official website and social media accounts for details on the recruitment process.
“NIGERIA POLICE FORCE APPLICATION FORM 2023 LINK. Link; (https://tinyurl.com/Apply-NigeriaPolice),” reads a Facebook post.
But is the link provided in the posts legit? We checked.
Scam application forms may steal personal information
After entering this information, we were directed to a second page, which said: “Your Application for the ongoing NIGERIA POLICE FORCE APPLICATION. Is now on process. Kindly Validate Your Name to proceed to the next step. Note! The Number Of Applicant is limited.”
This page also featured what looked like a Facebook post, with over 160,000 likes, more than 30,000 shares and comments, mostly from users claiming their applications had been approved.
The third page of the bogus application form congratulated us and instructed us to share the link with five groups or 15 friends on WhatsApp. However, we were allowed to proceed without sharing the link on WhatsApp, which raised our suspicions even higher.
The last page popped up a “Print Now” button, seemingly to get our application form printed. When we clicked on it, it led only to a URL shortening service, which appeared to have nothing to do with the force’s recruitment.
This tactic is known as engagement bait. These are posts that require users to comment, share and like. The more people do this, the more the posts spread and traffic to a website increases. Engagement bait posts can spread content that is sensational or misleading.
‘Verify the authenticity of any portal or recruitment information,’ warns police
According to news website Punch, the force’s online recruitment is from 15 October to 26 November 2023.
“We strongly advise all prospective applicants to exercise due diligence and verify the authenticity of any portal or recruitment information before taking any action. Do not be deceived by fraudulent activities. Your safety and security are of paramount importance to us,” the police wrote.
It also urged prospective applicants to head to policerecruitment.gov.ng to submit their applications.
To further protect yourself against online scams, read our guide here.
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