JAMB warns UTME candidates against scammers
The Joint Admissions Matriculation Board has warned its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates for the 2019 third level exam that they expect their results against scammers who implement various methods to deceive them.
The JAMB council revealed this in its volume. 1, n. 17 Weekly Bulletin of the Chancellor’s Office and made available to the Nigeria news agency, Sunday in Abuja.
JAMB also advised candidates to jealously guard their registration numbers, as well as profile codes to avoid falling for the scam.
The council also said that scammers, once they have established the necessary information, open a line of communication with the candidates to hang the enticing offer to assign higher scores to results yet to be published.
“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 take advantage of candidates’ naivety and subsequently obtain their registration number with which they print their examination notification slips with candidate’s 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 council also invited candidates and parents to ignore messages or calls from any of them, claiming to have access to classified information.
However, the board said that security officers arrested some of the scammers while still hampered by others.
JAMB also said it would be made public when UTME 2019 results are ready.
He also said that the way candidates can see their results has been communicated to them.
The commission had previously stated that candidates can simply send RESULT, via SMS, to 55019 using the same number used for the record.
The result, he said, will be solved like an SMS shortly after.
This process, the council explained, has been simplified to avoid exploitation by Shylock shopping malls and cybercafes that often exploit candidates.
UTME 2019 was held throughout the country from 11 to 18 April with over 1.8 million candidates.