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JAMB To Disqualify Candidates Patronising Fake Websites To Print Notification Slips

…partner with police to address the upsurge of fake websites

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said any candidate found to have patronised fake websites to print notification slips for the forthcoming 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), would be disqualified from sitting for the exams.

This came as the Board and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), on Saturday raised the alarm over an upsurge of fake websites out to get details of candidates trying to print their slips, with the intent to use them for fraudulent purposes.

At a joint press briefing on Saturday in Abuja, the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin maintained that the Board was partnering with the police to ensure no candidate was defrauded.

“The essence of what we’re doing is to ensure that our teeming candidates are not defrauded. We will continue to play our role as a regulator, we will continue to ensure that these candidates who have expressed interest in registering for this exercise are not misled.

“This is their season and we are urging candidates to note that once you receive any unsolicited message, know that it is a fraud, it is a scam.

“We have liberalized our processes, we have offices in all the states of the Federation, including Abuja. Once you have any challenge, you can also raise a ticket we have an e-ticketing platform where your queries and questions will be attended to within 24 hours.

“Please don’t patronize any fake site. We have raised the team that is equally visiting some of these sites. Once your number is found there to have patronized them, you will be disqualified from partaking in the exercise.”

On his part, the NPF Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi advised candidates to only print their notification slips from JAMB’s official website or risk missing the opportunity to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) should they decide to patronise fake websites.

According to him, JAMB was partnering with the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre (NPF-NCCC), to seamlessly address all online scam-related issues.

While assuring candidates of its firm dedication to ensure a fair and transparent 2024 UTME process, the Force PRO noted that the Inspector General of Police had ordered
the NPF-NCCC to ensure scammers and fraudsters engaging in cyber-related crimes and creating phishing sites/portals face the full wrath of the law.

He said: “The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) hereby bring to the attention of the public 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.

Unfortunately, the emergence of several fake websites created by unscrupulous individuals with the intention of misleading candidates has been observed necessitating this joint press briefing.

“These 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: 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 on the forthcoming exams.

“Candidates are advised to print their UTME Notification Slips before Friday, 19th April 2024, to access vital information about their examinations. Any website other than 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.”

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