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DCI launches investigations into fake job adverts

The Serious Crimes Unit division of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has issued a cautionary advisory to the public regarding a concerning surge in fraud cases.

Unscrupulous individuals are circulating fake job advertisements on various social media platforms, preying on unsuspecting job seekers.

With the rise of online job hunting, the proliferation of these deceptive job postings has become a cause for alarm.

In a statement through their Twitter handle, DCI said that some unscrupulous people have been circulating fake jobs through various social media platforms, purporting that the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is hiring.

“The DCI Serious Crimes Unit is investigating a series of fraud cases where fake job advertisements are being circulated through various social media platforms purporting that the National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is hiring personnel for various vacant positions.”

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DCI warned the public against falling for such traps.

According to the DCI, job seekers have been tricked into forwarding their applications to an illegitimate email account by a set deadline.

They added that the fraud is being carried out by a well-organised ring of fraudsters posing as NACADA human resources staff, who have obtained applicants’ details and pretended to guide them through the application process.

“Once their personal details are obtained, a well-organized ring of fraudsters purporting to be NACADA Human Resource personnel engage individual applicants, guiding them through a process of making payments of not less than Sh1,350 before blocking further communication,” DCI said.

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The DCI said several arrests have been made so far, but they continue receiving numerous complaints.

The DCI is now appealing to anyone who may have fallen victim to the trick to report to the DCI Headquarters Serious Crimes Unit along Kiambu Road.

In February, NACADA flagged a fake advert advertising more than 1,000 jobs on behalf of the agency.

In a statement, the agency advised the public to disregard the purported opportunities.

“Our attention has been drawn to the advertisement on purported vacancies at the authority. We caution members of the public against falling prey to crooked individuals posing as employees of NACADA soliciting money from them in the name of securing them employment positions,” read part of the statement.

According to the fake job advert, applicants were asked to apply for the following permanent and pensionable positions; Social workers (264), Human Resource Officers (109), Procurement Officers (40), Plumbers (205), Auditors (94) among others.

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