The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed the new way fraudsters have employed to defraud UTME candidates. The Registrar of the Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this in a weekly news bulletin which was released yesterday by the organisation’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin.
He advised all candidates to “jealously guard their UTME registration numbers and profile codes to avoid falling victim of this latest scam.”
“These fraudsters then use this information to send messages to same candidates disguising as officials of the board or persons who have special information, access and capacity to inflate the candidates’ scores among other things.
He added that the fraudsters use the information deprived of the examination notification slip printed, using the candidates’ registration number to open up a line of communication with candidates to dangle the enticing offer of awarding them higher scores in the yet-to-be-released 2019 UTME results among other mouth-watering promises.
The registrar advised candidates to disregard messages or calls from anybody claiming to have access to the board’s classified information.
“The board wishes to state emphatically that the results of the 2019 UTME have not been released,” the registrar added.
It also urged the public, particularly parents and candidates, to be wary of these dubious elements and disregard any overtures made by anybody touting their power or influence to inflate any candidate’s score.
“The board will make it public when the results are ready. As such, the channel through which candidates can view their results has been communicated to them.
” In the meantime, security operatives have picked up some of these nefarious characters and they are on the trail of others still at large,” it further added.