FAKE and phishing websites are circulating widely on the internet following the commencement of the recruitment process for constables and specialists of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) which was announced on October 13, 2023.
Phishing websites for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) recruitment circulate online.
Findings by The FactCheckHub show that multiple websites claiming to be receiving applications for the Nigerian police recruitment which were circulating online are MISLEADING!
When our researcher examined the web link closely, it shows that the domain name shares features synonymous with the majority of phishing websites that The FactCheckHub had reported previously.
When you click on one of the viral links (now deleted),users are not taken to the official website of the Nigeria Police Force. Rather, when you click on the link, it takes users to a site that does not have the name or the logo of the Nigerian police.
What it shows on the home page is ‘Nigeria Police Application’. A close look also shows that some words on the home page of the websites are mis-spelt which is a common feature of phishing links and scams.
On the right side of the page, applicants are advised to fill in their details; after filling, it directs them to another page that ask them to input their name and the role they are applying for. It then leads them to another page where it asks them to share until the green bar is full which is a major red flag that indicates it is a phishing scam.
To apply for the NPF recruitment which closes on the 26th of November, 2023, click their original application portal here.
The phishing websites circulating on social media are misleading; they contain features and red flags common to phishing scams. The original link for the application is accessible via: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng