Thursday 5 December, 2019

Fake interview invite lures thousands of JDF aspirants to Up Park Camp

File photo of a group of Jamaica Defence Force soldiers attending to a crash scene.

File photo of a group of Jamaica Defence Force soldiers attending to a crash scene.

A fake Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) recruitment advertisement posted on social media caused 2,000 unsuspecting persons to turn up at Up Park Camp on Monday, seeking to be interviewed for acceptance into the army's Jamaica National Service Corp (JNSC) programme.

In a news release, the JDF said persons travelled from as far as Westmoreland and St James to its headquarters in Kingston after being duped by the fake ad.

“A large number of persons who showed up today had neither applied online or received  a phone call and when we enquired as to what prompted them to show up, we were shown a social media posting that was circulating online,” Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer for the JDF, said.

“The JDF did not put out that post and so we are warning applicants that they should only rely on information posted on official JDF social media platform and mainstream news for information relating to their applications or application process," he added.

Jarrett said the JDF typically interviews and tests approximately 60 to 80 applicants daily and so Monday's turnout of almost 2,000 was extremely unusual.

“Before anyone is called to do the interviews and test, they would first be required to complete the application process online before they are notified to come in,” he said.

In considering the distance that some of the unsuspecting persons travelled on Monday, the JDF opted to register and process some of their applications.

The JDF said it will be investigating the origin of the false social media posting and will update the public accordingly.

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