The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates awaiting their results against fraudsters who deploy several means to dupe them of their money.
The examination board made this known in its Vol. 1, No 17 of its weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.
JAMB also advised candidates to jealously guard their Registration numbers, as well as Profile Codes to avoid falling victims to the scam.
The examination board said that the fraudsters, once establishing the information needed, open up a line of communication with the candidates to dangle enticing offer to award them with higher scores in the yet to be released results.
“Candidates are to note that their Registration numbers and Profile Codes are essential data that should not be disclosed to unauthorized persons.
“What these fraudsters do is to take advantage of candidates’ naivety and subsequently obtain their registration number with which they print their examination notification slips with candidates’ numbers and other vital data.
“These fraudsters then use the information to send messages to same candidates disguising as officials of the board or persons who have special information, access and capacity to inflate scores, among other things.
“We, therefore, urge candidates to see their Registration numbers and profile codes as security data similar to that of the ATM pin number which admits them to make a withdrawal from their bank accounts,” the Bulletin stated.
However, JAMB said that the security operatives have apprehended some of the dubious agents while still on the trail of others, adding that the mode through which candidates can view their results have been communicated to them.
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