2024 UTME: JAMB, Police Raise Alarm Over Fraudulent Websites


…Warn candidates not to fall victims

BY NGOZI NWANKWO, ABUJA – The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), have called on the public to take a critical note and be weary of the emergence of several fake websites created by unscrupulous individuals with the intention of misleading candidates.

This is just as the Inspector General of Police has ordered the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre (NPF-NCCC) to go after scammers and fraudsters who engage in cyber related crimes and create phishing sites/portals, and cause them to face the full wrath of the law.

JAMB and the Nigeria Police further warned on the need to take note of the ongoing printing of the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Notification Slip which contains vital information such as the date, venue, and time of candidates’ examinations.

The two agencies which stated these at a joint press conference on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Abuja, said the fake sites are designed to deceive innocent candidates into providing personal details such as registration numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers.

“These details are then exploited for malicious purposes. Both JAMB and the Nigeria Police Force condemn these fraudulent activities and hereby reiterate the readiness to safeguard the interests of candidates and maintain the integrity of the examination process.

“We urge parents, guardians, and all stakeholders to ensure that candidates print their UTME Notification Slips only from the Board’s approved website: www.jamb.gov.ng.

“Candidates can print their slips from the comfort of their homes or visit any of the over 700 accredited Computer-Based Test (CBT), centres nationwide.

“It is important to note that we are familiar with the tactics employed by these fraudsters, especially during the annual assessment and admission exercises. We are actively sensitizing candidates and the public about these deceptive practices.

“Any candidate who visits these fake sites will definitely have unreliable information and thereby miss out in the forthcoming exams,” they stated.

The two bodies further advised candidates to print their UTME Notification Slips before Friday, 19th April, 2024, to access vital information about their examinations.

“Any website other than www.jamb.gov.ng offering UTME slip printing services is fake and designed to defraud candidates.

“Candidates should also beware of sites offering ‘live’ questions and answers, as they are false and deceptive, and accessing such materials is prohibited.

“The 2024 UTME is scheduled to commence on Friday, 19th April, and end on Monday, 29th April, 2024. We call on parents, guardians, and the general public to join hands in fostering a culture of integrity and compliance with established guidelines.

“Together, we can nurture a generation of upright and law-abiding leaders by discouraging fraudulent practices and desperation,”” the two organisations said.

JAMB also said that it is partnering with the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre (NPF-NCCC), to address online scam-related issues seamlessly, saying; “We assure candidates and the public of our firm dedication to ensuring a fair and transparent examination process”.

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