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Unicef warns of fake job offers

by Staff reporter
29 Aug 2017 at 06:45hrs | Views
The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has warned the public against fraudsters who are charging people money to apply for non-existent jobs at the UN agency.

Speaking in a telephone interview, Unicef Zimbabwe Chief of Communications Mr Victor Chinyama said job seekers must be wary of people moving around promising people jobs at Unicef.

He said some people have showed up at Unicef offices after being falsely told that the organisation will be holding interviews for various posts.

Mr Chinyama said some people had forwarded complaints via WhatsApp and email while others have phoned saying they have been duped by the fraudsters.

He said Unicef does not require job seekers to pay any money to process any applications.

"We have received reports from as far as Hwange, Mutare and Tsholotsho. It shows that this could be an organised syndicate that is just taking advantage of people. Be warned, if they ask you to pay for the service, they are not Unicef and they are not doing it on behalf of Unicef," said Mr Chinyama.

"People are just seeing an opportunity to make financial gain out of desperate people. All our applications are transparent and there is no requirement to pay any fees. We advertise our job vacancies in the media and our employees are hired through a formal selection process."

He said some fraudsters were forging Unicef logos and signatures of employees to make their operations seem authentic.

In a statement, Unicef said individuals who may have fallen victim to the fraudsters are encouraged to report to relevant authorities for immediate action.

"It has been brought to Unicef's attention that there are fraudulent individuals who have been offering jobs to members of the general public purporting to be acting on behalf of Unicef. These individual have also been requesting an application fee from applicants," he said.

"Unicef wishes to advise the public that these individuals are neither employees of Unicef nor are they acting on Unicef's behalf."

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