The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has warned the general public against the report of a fake competition trending online which claims to celebrate its so-called anniversary event, with the eventual winner getting a cash reward of up to $8,000.
The state-owned oil company has also drawn the attention of the unsuspecting public to fake information circulating on social media that it was conducting a recruitment exercise, which it said is not true and asked that it should be disregarded.
This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Garba Muhammad, on Monday, December 20, 2021, in which he said that NNPC had nothing to do with the purported anniversary event contest.
What the NNPC spokesman is saying
According to NAN, Muhammad in his statement advised members of the public to decline any participation in the survey describing it as a scam.
He said, “In the purported contest, unsuspecting participants are encouraged to carry out a survey by filling a questionnaire on their knowledge of the company. With the eventual winner standing a chance of winning cash reward of up to eight thousand U.S. dollars.
“The NNPC hereby reiterates that whenever it decides to conduct a recruitment exercise or send out information to the public, it will do so through authentic public communication channels, particularly the NNPC’s website.’’
What you should know
This is not the first time that the NNPC had alerted the unsuspecting public to a fake recruitment exercise being perpetuated by fraudsters. It has on several occasions denied embarking on such exercise.
Recall that earlier in October 2021, the NNPC had urged the public to disregard reports in some blogs and social media accounts that it has begun its recruitment for 2021, describing the information as false and advising Nigerians to be wary of scammers.
The fraudsters sometimes direct unsuspecting applicants to send their applications to a fake e-mail or use fake text messages, e-mails and letters inviting gullible job seekers for fake job interviews at the NNPC Towers and other locations across the country with a view to extorting money from them.