IN SHORT: The oil and gas company TotalEnergies only advertises jobs on its official website and its verified Facebook and Twitter pages – not on an amateur-looking site that asks for personal information.
*ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!! TotalEnergies Oil and Gas company is Recruiting both Skilled and Unskilled Labour with good Salary Payment. It is no longer news. APPLY NOW,” reads a recent Facebook post with a link to the website.
The website’s home page is headed: “TOTAL ENERGIES RECRUITMENT 2023.”
Poorly written text below reads: “TOTAL ENERGIES is recruiting both Skilled and Unskilled Labour. Every Individual of all Nationalities can Apply Applicants are to fill the form bellow and click on Apply.
It includes an “application form” that asks for personal details such as name, phone number, email and the country of residence.
But are the job offers, and the website, legit? We checked.
Stealing valuable personal information
When Africa Check first clicked the link, our antivirus program warned that it was “malicious”. We nevertheless opened it to find more about the offer.
We deliberately left the “application form” blank and clicked “APPLY NOW”.
Suspiciously, we were still informed that our application had been received, allowing us to proceed.
The next stage required us to validate our name – which we had left blank in the previous stage – and indicate our level of education. After filling in a random name, a message popped up congratulating us that we were qualified to work in the company.
Completing this step was the only way to get to the “appointment” page.
The scam may be an attempt to steal people’s valuable personal information.
In a reply to a Facebook question about recruitment on 26 November 2022, TotalEnergies said that all its vacancies are advertised on its website, as well as its official and verified Facebook and Twitter pages.
To help protect yourself against online fraudsters, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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