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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Job seekers fall for social media prank

A social media prank about a fake job recruitment yesterday caused some difficulties for Resource Intermediaries Ltd.

The Lagos-based recruitment firm was besieged by hundreds of applicants seeking a call centre job.
An unknown person sent a message on Tuesday which went viral on the social media that the firm was handling recruitment of call centre managers for GTBank Plc that would pay N80,000 monthly.
The applicants were asked to visit the firm’s Victoria Island Office yesterday with their Curriculum Vitae (CV) for interview.
The message, which encouraged readers to share, reads: “If you know anyone interested in a job at a call centre for GTB, kindly tell them to come tomorrow for an interview.
“Requirement: BSc. Graduate; Salary: N80,000; Venue: Resource Intermediaries Ltd, 18a, Elsie Femi Pearse Street off Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island; Time: From 9am…also come with his/her CV…thank you. Kindly ask for Niyi upon arrival.  Very legitimate.”
As a result, many job seekers visited the firm early for the interview.
For hours they were seen gathered in different groups on the street and it was obvious they were disappointed, pained and dejected having realized it was a scam.
Though its Recruitment Manager goes by the name Niyi, the firm denied calling for applications.
A source close to the firm, who does not want to be named, told The Nation that workers of the firm had a hard time convincing the applicants that the message was a scam, and was not sent out by the company.
“It was hard convincing the applicants that the message was a prank.  We have been addressing them; but trust Lagosians, they are still hanging around,” she said.
The firm posted a disclaimer on its website to counter the scam message today, which informed readers that authentic news would be posted on its website.
“Kindly disregard any information that has not been officially placed on Resource Intermediaries Limited’s website.  While recruitment is one of our services, we only process CV’s for jobs/vacancies that our clients have contacted us to help them fill.  “We only shortlist after a series of tests and interviews while the client makes the final selection,” the statement read in part.
A woman (names withheld), who drove past the company said she saw a large crowd of job seekers and felt sad that such large number of people desperate for jobs were deceived.
“I drove through that street this morning, and the crowd was massive.  Even if it was true, I thought this kind of crowd for just N80,000?  Some of the guys looked elderly.  I just pray God will heal our land of this unemployment.  Things are really tough for people out there,” she said.
“I don’t know what these scammer want to gain from this, I have spent N1,200 today just to be here. I borrow it from my aunty because I am still an applicant,” one of the applicants said in a mobile video that was recorded at the scene.

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