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NRCS Reports of Scam E-mails Targeting Job-Hunting Namibian Internet-Users

According to NRCS (Namibian Red Cross Society), a number of Namibians seeking to get employed have been victimized with a scam e-mail offering them job outside the country chiefly within the Philippines and US, published newera.com.na dated December 18, 2014.

It is asserted inside the electronic mail that the American Red Cross has begun recruiting people who will voluntarily work for rebuilding infrastructure that was devastated in the typhoon of November 2013.

Rosemary Nalisa National Manager for Humanitarian Diplomacy at NRCS said that everyday the agency got approximately two calls during when the callers enquired regarding the circulating electronic mail, whether it was genuine alternatively what was the process to join the agency, devoid of knowing the message was fraudulent, published newera.com.na.

One particular portion of the scam message tells that on 10th February 2015, volunteers require reporting at the Department of Human Resources in the morning at 9am so they can be given a packet having the details about the ARC remunerations.

The message further tells that the net salary starting every month will be USD 8,400.

Namibians who got scammed submitted USD 280 (approximately N$2,800) that went to the scammers' A/C, supposedly for arranging their visas to go abroad for the work.

According to Nalisa, nobody knows from where the e-mail originated, not even the Red Cross Society in America.

Reputed organizations, like the Red Cross within the current instance, aren't quite likely to hire employees through the above method i.e. through e-mail.

Disturbingly, this isn't the sole instance for Red Cross to get abused in an e-mail scam. Therefore, Internauts receiving e-mail offering any job which needs them towards depositing a fee for meeting different expenses prior to accepting the job should treat such an e-mail with suspicion.

Moreover, it isn't solely Namibian Red Cross or American Red Cross Society which have fallen victim to online fraudsters' unsolicited e-mails. Red Cross International, the Netherlands-labeled unsolicited e-mails too were caught that asked recipients for giving cash on charity for tsunami victims via the mode of money transfer. It maybe noted that the Red Cross doesn't make unsolicited requests to give charities, through e-mail.

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