The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) notes with concern the ease with which the general public, and those seeking employment, are easily duped by Agents who claim to be well-connected in the various Civil/Public Services or through internet recruitment scams. ICPC has received numerous petitions relating to an ongoing internet scam wherein gullible applicants are paying money for recruitment and bogus interviews into the Customs and Excise Department.
It is sad to note that despite a highly publicized joint ICPC/Customs operation early this year announcing several arrests over internet-based recruitment scams, pranksters are still at work. They are preying on the gullible few who also probably believe in subverting the recruitment process by paying monies for recruitment. Investigation is ongoing and further arrests have been effected.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT no government Ministry, Department or Agency requests for payment of money into private accounts to secure employment. Therefore, persons who offer money, or gratification in any form in order, to facilitate employment during real or fake government recruitment exercises, are as culpable as those soliciting or receiving such monies or gratification by way of scams or bribes. No matter how long it takes such applicants who succeed in getting appointment will be found out and prosecuted.
ICPC will continue to remind the public, especially those seeking employment, that the Commission will not hesitate prosecuting those who willingly lend themselves to or abet criminals to subvert the recruitment exercise through fraudulent means. Similarly, persons and applicants who procure or present fake documents like forged or altered certificates, affidavits, recommendation letters for use during recruitment exercises face prosecution.