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A viral sponsored Facebook post falsely claims that the United Nations has ‘1000+ Job Opportunities’
The link of the Facebook post was forwarded to Namibia Fact Check at the end of June 2023 for verification.
The sponsored post, with a United Nations emblem on it, reads:
“are you a job seeker? looking for for job you can land yourself a new job today.”
And it invites interested individuals to “APPLY NOW” by clicking on an “Apply Now” tab (image below).
Following the usual script of such scams, the post contains a link which immediately shows it does not link to an official UN website or webpage, and contains in its suffix “.9JA-All.ONLINE”.
“9JA” is a slang reference to Nigeria. So, this immediately indicates this is not an official UN post or link to an official UN webpage.
The link clicks through to a webpage, which is really only an online form, that is titled “JOB PROCUREMENT IN UNITED NATION 2023” (image below).
Both the post and the webform it links to are littered with bad English and grammatical errors, which are signals that the post and webform did not originate with the UN.
The United Nations Fraud Alert page states that the UN is aware of and warns the public about “fraudulent activities being perpetrated purportedly in the name of the Organisation, and/or its officials, through different fraud schemes”.
The page further states that to apply for a job at the UN, applicants must go to careers.un.org and click on “Vacancies”, and warns:
“Financial loss and identity theft could result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence.”