On Friday, November 27, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted two WhatsApp broadcast claiming that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is allocating jobs to 50,000 Nigerian youths.
The second broadcast claimed that N10,000 would be distributed to Nigerians weekly in other to control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.
Also attached to each message were links for further registration by interested applicants.
Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at the CDD show that the broadcast messages are online scam.
The links provided are suspicious because when clicked on, the links further instruct any prospective applicant to share with additional nine persons. This is known as the tactic of scammers to defraud people online.
Further checks by the Centre show that this a method mostly used by online fraudsters to defraud citizens.
The claim that the Federal Government is giving out N10,000 each to Nigerian youths and NDE approving to employ 50,000 Nigerians is false.
The approach is a method adopted by scammers to get personal information from the public and defraud unsuspecting applicants.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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