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Bogus revenue agency scheme bust

22 September 2014, 10:07Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has arrest nine suspects for allegedly defrauding members of the public through an illegal online job recruitment scheme.

The agency said that the suspects had been duping several persons under the guise of providing them jobs at its offices, said to be non-existent, across the country.

The suspects, who allegedly employed a vast network of websites, email addresses, computers, telephone lines and bank accounts in various banks at the Federal Capital Territory, allegedly solicited and received money from members of the public under the pretext that they would be employed by the FIRS.

Also Read: Lagos warns residents of fraudulent online scheme

The suspects, according to the FIRS, also promised others promotion in the tax collection organisation.

Items recovered from the suspects include bags containing assorted documents-including FIRS members of staff records, a Toyota Carina 11, assorted complimentary cards, polythene bag containing bank deposit slips and album of photographs as well as documents from several ministries and Federal Government agencies.

The agency advised members of the public that it is currently not engaged in any recruitment exercise and to be wary of fraudsters using the name of the agency to make quick money.

“Anybody submitting his/her CV or applying through any website, responding to sms, texts, any online medium, social media platforms or in whatever form for employment with FIRS, is doing so at his or her own risk.

“Please note that employment into the FIRS, will be advertised in national newspapers as well as on the FIRS website www.firs.gov.ng. Members of the public are hereby strongly advised to avoid being deceived or defrauded by unscrupulous and dubious characters, the statement running on the FIRS website for over two months now reads,” the agency said.

- CAJ News


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