Fake WAEC Officials - Candidates Beware

Mrs Teye-Cudjoe advised that all candidates who received fictitious calls or messages should report to the police.

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A candidate of the just ended November/December 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has reported that she received a phone call from a stranger telling  to change her  grade for her for a fee.

In an interview with The Mirror, the candidate (whose identity withheld) said she received a call from an unknown number telling her she had scored D7 in an English paper which she wrote last year.

The caller gave out details of her index number, number of subjects she wrote and her examination centres. 

He also told her she had failed the English Language paper and that she could be given a better grade before the results were officially released if she would part with a certain amount of money.

‘I was very convinced because he had all my details.  I panicked because it was the third time I had sat for those papers. I asked for the mode of payment and he said I could do it through a mobile money transfer,” she explained.

The candidate, who was required by her tertiary institution to better her grades or face dismissal, said out of desperation she told the caller she wanted a B2 grade and that she would need some time to raise the GH¢3,000 required.

‘I told him I needed a number to call when the money was ready but he said I had just a week to raise the money and that he could reduce the amount if I had ready cash. I didn’t have that kind of money then so I asked him to call back, which he never did,’ she added.

Surprisingly, few weeks after the results were released on the official website of WAEC, this same candidate checked her results only to find out she had scored B3 and not D7 as the caller made her believe.

She said she was surprised because she did not transfer any money to the supposed WAEC official to better her grades and that she would have been duped if she had sent money to the caller.

Commenting on the issue the Public Affairs Officer of WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe,  disclose to the The Mirror, that  her outfit was aware of fraudulent individuals posing as officials from the council.

She said apart from carrying advertisements in newspapers, WAEC also sent out text messages to all candidates who sat for the exams, warning them against activities of exam results fraudsters.

According to the WAEC official, she suspected the fraudsters worked at  internet cafes where the candidates registered for the exams so it was easy for them to have access to all the candidates’ details.

“These fraudsters, obviously, cannot alter results as their predictions were even not right. We have reported the cases to the police and investigations are ongoing,” she stated.

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