Kwara State University, Malete (File)

The Kwara State University, Malete, for the second time in 17 days, issued a warning informing the general public – admission seekers – against recent upticks in fraudulent activity as regards the institution.

The institution’s relation director Abdulrazaq Sanni, put out a statement on Tuesday cautioning people against a website – www.recruitmentbeam.com.ng – advertising admission list for 2021/2022 academic session purportedly released by the school.

It urged members of the general public to disregard the said website and messages disseminated therein about the school.

“Prospective candidates are advised to only contact the official website of the University:www.kwasu.edu.ng for inquiry on the admission process,” the school said. “Anyone who relates with this site and other fictitious sites outside the aforementioned official website of the University does so at his or her own risk.”

Earlier warning

It is the second time in just under 27 days that the institution has taken the step of warning on the activities of fraudsters.

The previous occasion was on September 24, when the school warned members of the public that it was not undertaking any recruitment, hence they should be wary of fraudsters.

This came against the backdrop of an advert published by naijaschool.com.ng on purported recruitment of academic staff into the university that was making the rounds on numerous social media platforms.

“The Management of KWASU dissociates itself completely from this fake advertisement by a faceless blogger and states emphatically that at no time did the institution employ the services of this blogger to help publish such advertisement. Hence, no recruitment advert for lecturers or any staff was solicited by the university,” the school said in the statement.

‘Increasing rate of cyber fraud’

Meanwhile, an increasing number of Nigerians are lamenting as activities of cyber criminals stay on the increase.

Apparently, KWASU might have also been receiving complaints and reports about admission and job seekers falling prey to fraud being perpetrated in the name of the institution.

A report from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) said the rate of global fraud attempts is alarming, adding that Nigerians have long been perceived to have perpetrated some of the most cunning and inventive scams so much so that the country’s reputation around the globe has been negatively impacted by the trend.

The anti-fraud battle can only be won when organisations institute strategy involving sensitization, investments in well-suited technologies, risk management, effective governance, and industry-wide collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the report noted.

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