The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has instructed candidates who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to guard their profile code and registration details well. This, for their own good, as it is what they are going to use to check their result when it is eventually released.
JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, gave this advice yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Also, he said the board had secured the conviction of three persons who were arrested for impersonation during the examination.
The spokesperson said the three offenders had been sent to two-year jail with no option of a fine.
Benjamin said the board discovered that some fraudsters were using candidates’ registration numbers to access their information, thereby using it to defraud the candidates.
According to him, once unauthorised persons with dubious intention have access to the profile code or registration of any candidate, it can be used to do “many things to the candidate”.
He explained: “We have discovered that some of these fraudsters are using candidates’ registration numbers to have access to their information. You know you can use a registration number to print examination notification and because of the public outcry that we should make it free for candidates to print from any point, they can print at home and from anywhere.
“If somebody lays hold on your registration number with your profile code, he/she can print your examination notification slip. He/she is not printing it to go and use for examination but on that notification, your phone number is there and other details.
“Once they have your phone number, they will begin to send you messages. There was a video in circulation where a man called a candidate and claimed to be a JAMB official. The impostor said he had checked his (candidate’s) result and that there was a problem with it and that the candidate should send money so that he would rectify it. If he didn’t have the phone number, he will not have had access to him (candidate).
“That is why we are saying guard your registration number and profile code jealously, like your ATM pin. This is because once an unauthorised person with dubious intent has a hold on it, they will use it to do so many things to you.”