As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) prepares to announce the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results anytime this week, the examination body has advised candidates to be wary of the activities of fraudsters.
Concise News understands that JAMB, in its weekly bulletin, explained in detail what all candidates that sat for the examination should know.
This news medium had on Saturday, April 27, reported that JAMB spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin, hinted that the Board would release the 2019 UTME results anytime this week.
“We are still screening but hopefully, anytime next week, the results will be ready,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.
And as candidates seeking admission into higher institutions for 2019 await the release of their results, here is what the JAMB spokesman wants them to know: “jealously guard their UTME registration numbers and profile codes to avoid falling victim of this latest scam.”
Benjamin noted that admission seekers “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.”
“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 JAMB spokesman did not stop there.
He also advised 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.”