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Scam alert! No evidence Nigeria’s custom service is recruiting

IN SHORT: Nigeria Customs Service has made it clear that its recruitment is free and done on its website only. There’s no evidence that it is recruiting in September 2023, beware of fraudsters out to get your money.

A post shared on Facebook in Nigeria claims that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is recruiting. 

It reads: “Nigeria Customs Service Replacement Slot and recruitment Program  IF YOU GOT THE FORM For (2022 / 2023) Applications are invited for suitably qualified persons for full time appointments to the following positions in the Nigeria Customs Service.”

The positions listed include inspector of customs and assistant inspector of customs. The post also provides a telephone number for interested candidates.

The NCS manages international trade, anti-smuggling activities and revenue collection within the country. 

We found the same claim on Facebook  here, here, here, and here

But is the NCS recruiting, which would be of interest to many looking for work? We checked.


NCS not recruiting

In April 2023, Abdullahi Maiwada, the public relations officer of the NCS, debunked claims that the agency was recruiting. The agency’s recruitment process is only carried out on its website, Maiwada told the media.

A search through the NCS website and verified official X (formerly Twitter) handle returned no evidence that it is recruiting at the time of publishing this report.

The agency has also warned that it does not accept payment for its recruitment process: “Anyone asking you to pay for this exercise is a fraudster and should be reported to the nearest customs office or police station.”

To avoid falling for online scams offering jobs, loans, grants, outrageous profits, data and airtime rewards, read our guide on how to spot them.

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