The East Africa Community Secretariat today alerted public that some crooks are using websites, emails and facsimile to steal from job seekers.
According to EAC public relations officer, Owora Richard Othieno, the scams have leaked in the past few days when the block tendered jobs and listed several candidates for tenable positions at the Arusha Headquarters, Tanzania.
The scams link the tenders to the EAC secretariat and officials seeking to steal money, personal identities from recipients of such correspondences.
“The EAC is not connected to the scams. They are fraudulent done by people that are not employed,” the statement from the EAC secretariat said.
The EAC warned that the scams tend to charge fees for recruitment which is contrary to the norms of employment.
The fees are charged to applications, interviews, processing, training and other related services.
The electronic theft requires for bank account and other private information.
EAC says that it does not, in any case, offer prizes, funds, certificates, lotteries or scholarships through email, mail or fax.
“The EAC strongly recommends that the recipients of solicitations such as those described above exercise extreme caution in respect of such solicitations,” the statement reads.
The thieves are using such high-tech means to cause financial losses by stealing identities and intercepting and diverting transfer of money and other related information.
The EAC noted that anybody worried about the electronic mails, letters or telephone communications better first clarify with the community’s secretariat and should report the incidents to police and other pertinent authorities.