Following the completion of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) a few weeks back, we have been inundated with messages from candidates interested in upgrading the yet to be released results. To them, they had concluded on their possible low marks.
At the same time, we at EduCeleb.com have had to delete several messages on this website and our Facebook page advertising avenues to upgrade scores in the exams conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Note that such acts are fraudulent. You cannot depend your life on what is illegal even if it may bring you temporary relief.
In recognition of the prevalence of this, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has charged candidates to “jealously guard their UTME registration numbers and profile codes to avoid falling victim of this latest scam.”
Candidates, it added, “should know that what these fraudsters do is to take advantage of their naivety and subsequently obtain their registration numbers with which they print their Examination Notification slips which contain the candidates’ phone number and other vital data.”
Read the rest of the statement signed by JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin below.
“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.”
“Their strategy is akin to that of a police officer who is unmindful of the fact that he is wearing his name tag on his uniform and when you address him by his name, he is surprised that you know his name.”
“The Board urges candidates to see their registration numbers and profile codes as security data similar to the Automated Teller Machine, ATM pin number which admit them to make a withdrawal from their accounts.”
“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.”
This is fraudulent as they lack the capacity to do any of such.
“Candidates are, therefore, enjoined to disregard messages or calls from anybody claiming to have access to the board’s classified information,” it said.
“The board wishes to state emphatically that the results of the 2019 UTME have not been released.” 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.”