It’s a new year, and a number of employers have open job positions that need to be filled. However, determining whether or not these positions are genuine presents another conversation.
Consistently, many job candidates get frustrated in the wake of realizing that the work they applied for is a scam. This ‘blister’ is a significant issue in many parts of the world, and Ghana is no special case.
That being said, the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has cautioned the public over an increasing trend of job recruitment scams in Ghana.
As per CSA, it has recorded the deficiency of over GH¢124,000 from 15 reports because of fake schemes that promoted job recruitment in the country.
In a press statement, the CSA elaborated that the scammers used a sophisticated operations by acting like recruiters or agents and flooding people with spontaneous messages through SMS, messages, and other messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram.
These messages draw clueless people with commitments of lucrative remote or part-time job opportunities involving digital tasks such as liking social media posts and providing referrals.
The victims, according to the CSA, are first. enticed with relatively low payments for completed tasks, but they soon find themselves trapped in the scam.
After making initial cash deposits, they are promised more lucrative tasks, only to be eventually locked out of their accounts, preventing any contact with the scammers and leaving them without the anticipated large payouts.
“If it seems too good to be true, it is likely a scam”, the statement warned.
Additionally, the CSA has urged citizens to exercise caution with unsolicited job messages, be skeptical of high-paying jobs requiring minimal effort, and verify job advertisements directly through official company channels.