The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has alerted the public on the activities of scammers taking advantage of the employment screening exercise conducted by the agency.
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy of the agency, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said fraudsters are demanding for payment from the shortlisted candidates.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NDLEA had conducted screening for shortlisted candidates of narcotic officers and narcotic assistants.
The agency had on May 12 and June 5 notified the public and job seekers to be wary of messages from persons claiming to be acting on behalf of NDLEA and demanding payments for employment.
Babafemi said the NDLEA was investigating three telephone numbers and bank account details linked to members of the job scam syndicate.
Babafemi said the intelligence gathered by the agency showed that some criminal elements at the receiving end of the ongoing offensive action by the NDLEA were in the process of using the activities of the job scam syndicate.
The NDLEA spokesman said the activities of the fraudsters was as an instrument of blackmail against the agency and or its officials using pliable online platforms.
He said: “For the umpteenth time, we will like to reiterate that the agency is not recruiting into any cadre of its workforce.
“We have just recently concluded the screening exercise for those whose employment process started in 2019.
“Any pretence by professional scammers to extort money from anyone, especially those who recently participated in the screening exercise, should be ignored and their details reported through our social media handles direct messages.
“Going by the level of investigations into the activities of these scammers so far, the public can be rest assured that we shall soon bring the criminal elements behind the scam to the open.”