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Job Scam in Ghana & Recruitment Fraud in 2020

Job Scam

Job searching online has witnessed dramatic increase over the years. This trend has brought a number of benefits to job seekers and employers such as cost reduction, increased transparency and access to reliable and timely information on jobs and recruitment opportunities.

However, the problem of online job scams and Recruitment Fraud continues to prey on helpless and unsuspecting job seekers resulting in financial extortion and vital information request for identity theft.

In this post, Sobiaonline shares some useful suggestions to improve your knowledge on online job scams to help you navigate your job search with ease in Ghana and elsewhere.


A scam basically is a fraudulent or deceptive act or operation. Based on this definition and from experience at Sobiaonline, a job scam entails the fraudulent or deceptive use of job advertisements and other career offers (Both online and offline) to lure job seekers with the sole purpose of defrauding them financially or soliciting sensitive information such as personal details, credit card information and related stuff.

Based on our encounters and existing background information on this topic, we have classified job frauds into three main forms:

The first form of Job Scam occurs online through the internet. One way this form of scam occurs is poor regulation by job boards. Job boards put in their best efforts to prevent fraudulent job listings but some smart fraudsters can still manage to publish their listings unnoticed.  Another form of online scams has been on the rise on social media where scammers take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers through which they extort money and other vital information. Thirdly, there has been an increase in email spam targeting job seekers. The other growing form of online job scam is work from home job scams which has been on the increase.

The second form of Job Scam is Offline job scams. The offline job scams takes the form of physical contact with fake employers. These scams are very well organised and have received little attention as compared to the online scams.

The third form of online scam occurs as Legitimate Job Scam: This days we have legitimate companies taking advantage of job seekers by extorting monies from them. This third criteria is not quite a scam as legitimate jobs are involved, but the recruitment process is shrouded in secrecy and fraud. To give you a scenario model:

lets say company A has a job vacancy for a secretary. They advertised the opening and received 1, 000 job applications. All thousand applicants are then invited to interview where they will be tasked to pay GHC 50 per applicant in the name of processing fees. Then, all 1, 000 applicants are called back again in the name of an aptitude test and are made to pay an additional GHC 50. The procedure goes on and on until just one candidate is picked. In a scenario like this the company can make several thousands of Ghana Cedis from the recruitment of just one staff. This is a legitimate job vacancy but the recruitment process is fraudulent (Disclaimer: This is just for illustration)

Why did we take time to discuss these types of job scams? By understanding the medium in which you can be potentially scammed and the motive behind job scams, you will be in the best position to fight it. Please read further the two main motives of job scammers below:

Access to Sensitive Information

Fake adverts are used to obtain sensitive information from people. These types of jobs request very personal information including bank details, insurance numbers personal information, bank statements, passport details, and driving licenses. Once a job is requesting such sensitive information at the initial application stage you need to take caution.

For Monitory Compensation

Fraudsters ask for advancement without a cogent explanation of what the money is going to be used for. We have for instance received numerous reports in Ghana where fraudsters are requesting for money for CV upgrade as a precondition for employment. You can use this link to find out how Sobiaonline can help spice up your CV to increase your interview calls. Other reports revealed medical examination, aptitude test fees, and processing fees as some of the reasons for payments often explained by corn artist.

With this in mind, the best way to avoid job scam is to avoid making financial commitment and sharing of very sensitive information with prospective recruiters.


  • The companies used in most cases will be genuine companies but the job will be a scam! Always contact the company if you see something suspicious about the job
  • Don’t accept a job offer without an application, interview, or discussion with the employer.
  • You are promised high pay for not much work? Do not accept such offers
  • You are told you have to pay for training? Do further digging and ask more questions
  • Do  not provide personal details on your social media profiles
  • Do not pay money for background checks and processing fees
  • Do not pay for a job. The employer should pay you for your expertise and not the other way round.
  • The interviewer should call you if it is a remote interview and not the other way round
  • Don’t share sensitive information or money until you are sure the company is genuine
  • Avoid job descriptions that are vague, ambitious with limited specific information about the company.
  • Trust your instinct. If you are having the feeling that the job is not genuine chances are that the job is not genuine.You will need to do more research.
  • Leave what you are not doubtful of and follow what you are certain off.
  • Make sure the email address identifies with the company.


Contact the company and ask for your money back. You can alert relevant agencies if the company refuses to.

Make sure you provide reviews of the company on online websites as much as possible to warn other job seekers who might fall victims.

Report the matter to the police immediately, with copies of all correspondence, contact details of the fake organisation, and bank or credit card statements if you suspect that your identity may have been stolen for illegal activities.

Change your bank details if you shared your bank details with the fraudster

Report the company and the job details to the job board where this occurred to help them improve upon their listing.

We thank all job seekers who entrusted us with their information and advice on fraudulent job offers over the years. It has helped us to continuously improve our services. We hope to continue to learn and share with you

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Career Advice: How to Apply for a UN Job the Right Way

Posted by | 13/05/2020 | Career Advice & Tips in Ghana 2020, CV & Cover Letters in Ghana 2020

Career Advice: How to Apply for a UN Job the Right Way

How to Apply for a UN Job

We have decided to write this post in response to job seekers request for advice on how to apply for UN jobs the right way on daily basis. We have provided some suggestions for you to get started with. Meanwhile you can access all official UN related career information via this link

All legitimate job openings of the United Nations are published at the United Nations Job Application portal. The first advice regarding how to apply for a UN job the right way is the need to apply at the right source which is the link above.

The UN Application system is a comprehensive recruitment system which helps you to present a detailed CV comprising of your personal details, education, work experience and related information in the best possible way.

In applying for a job at the UN, you would have to demonstrate that you are the right fit for the job by providing very specific information on each of the areas mentioned above. It is also important to take note of the following:

Make Sure You Are the Right Fit for the Job

Please make sure you meet the requirements of the job before you even start your application. Meeting the requirements may not just be enough but you should like the job in question. This is the best way you would be motivated to present an outstanding application.

Make Your CV Simple and Easy to Read

After your fill in your information in the job portal, there is an option for you to attach your CV. Always spend some time offline and customize your CV to meet the requirements of the job before starting the application. This achieves the purpose of helping you to address the application questions in the system in the best possible way. Secondly, presenting a well written CV will make it easier for both humans and bots to read. To make your CV is easy o read you can observe the following:

  1. Avoid tables graphs and images as much as possible
  2. Make use of short and simple sentences
  3. Highlight your key accomplishments as much as possible
  4. Divide your CV into clear subsections. For example Personal Details, Education, Work Experience and Skills

Complement Your CV with a Customized Cover Letter

You will need a cover letter which will serve as your introduction. The good thing about cover letters is that you can bend it to your liking relative to your CV.

You would have to demonstrate how you are the right fit for the job in a very innovative, smart and convincing manner such that it will entice and provoke every reader to take a further look at your CV. Your letter should not be more than one page. It should be concise and kept within the limits of four paragraphs

Always remember that your cover letter is an important tool to help you highlight things you cannot capture in your CV. For instance, if the job opening highlight preference for Ghanaian candidates, then, highlighting your extensive working experience in Ghana would not be a bad idea.

Make Good Use of Your Work Experience

Every UN agency would want to know what you have accomplished in the past to have an idea of what you can do for them. Without adding an atom of false information, include all your past experiences that are important to help you succeed based on the nature of the job. You can reserve the other experiences that are not necessary for other future applications where it will be needed.

Update Your Profile to Reflect Every Job Application

Just like your CV and letter, your profile information should be updated before every job application. This will ensure that your personal information and the documents you present will be in harmony.

Demonstrate Your Team Building Competencies

The UN system values team building capabilities. Do not shy away from presenting all accomplishments you have attained as a team. This will go a long way to demonstrate how you are a good mixer and good team player.

Pay Attention to Your Contact Details

The direct objective of every job application is a call to interview. If you provide the wrong or unreliable contact details it will defeat this purpose. You would be notified of your successful application once you are through with the application via email. Always make sure that you provide the right email address. By reliable email address we mean an email address in which you can easily be reached without much difficulty. Ensure that your email address you are given out is opened frequently. This days you can use your mobile phone to be receiving instant email alerts.

It is also advisable to provide references who have dealings with you in the past. Your references should be able to justify your work experience and education. We also advice that:

Keep your referees posted on all your job applications by serving them copies of your job applications. This will help them to take you more serious and equip them with ample information to provide your prospective employer a compelling recommendation that can enhance your prospects.

We reason with Barbara that “your application is your passport to a career with the United Nations” and that is why you need to give your next UN job application the attention it deserves.

You can find out latest UN Jobs in Ghana via our jobs portal Sobiaonline Careers here You can also find out how our search services can enhance your job landing prospects here