The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has raised alarm over a fake website that seeks to defraud prospective applicants into making payments into unauthorised bank accounts.
A statement by the director of Media and Publicity of the university, Ibrahim Sheme, said the website apparently cloned some of the university’s materials and sought payment into some bank accounts.
“The attention of the Management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has been drawn to the existence of a website which claims to be the official portal for student admission into the nation’s premier open and distance learning (ODL) institution. The curious website is domiciled and promoted as: www.noun.com.ng
“The website appears to have cloned some of our materials. It tells students to make monetary payments into certain bank accounts.
“We wish to categorically inform the general public that the above-mentioned website is fake. It purports to be our portal clearly with the intention to defraud unsuspecting would-be or continuing students of NOUN.
“We advise the general public not to enter into any financial transaction with that website, otherwise they will only have themselves to blame.
“NOUN’s well-known official website is registered as follows: www.nou.edu.ng
“It will also be recalled that recently NOUN launched its official student admission portal, StudWare, which is accessible online at: www.nouonline.com
“We have since begun to take the necessary legal and regulatory steps in order to stop the fraudsters operating the fake website, www.noun.com.ng, from contuning with their scam,” the statement said.