FAO disowns job advert bearing its logo

FAO disowns job advert bearing its logo

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has rejected and raised an alarm over a fake job advertisement circulating on social media bearing its official logo.

According to a statement issued by the organization, there have been fraudulent messages shared on Facebook and other platforms that FAO is advertising jobs in South Sudan and is calling for candidates to send their applications to a private email address.

“The scam [is] crafted so that it is made to look like it originates from FAO. [It] is fraudulent and may seek to extract money or personal details from the recipients of such correspondence,” the statement warned.

“FAO wishes to disassociate itself from such activities and to warn the public of fraudulent schemes soliciting applications for internships or employment opportunities on behalf of FAO or of FAO officials,” it further stated.

The organization has condemned the act and has urged prospective applicants and recipients to disregard electronic communications that do not originate from FAO official e-mail account – @fao.org – or website – fao.org.

“FAO strongly recommends that prospective applicants and recipients carefully verify the authenticity of solicitations and offers before sending any response,” it advised the public.

FAO emphasized that interested candidates who want to work with the organization both in the country and abroad to should visit the organization’s legitimate website URL: www.fao.org/employment/vacancies/ for vacancies and employment opportunities.

“The organization does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment whether at application, interview, processing or training stage, nor requires or needs to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.

“Any request deviating from these standard practices should be rejected. Suspicious communications purportedly from, for, or on behalf of the FAO should be reported to FAO at the following email address abuse@fao.org,” it noted.

It further called on the public to also report the fraudulent scam to the local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.