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How To Identify a Scammer When Seeking Admission

I've just updated my post, "Does University of Ibadan (UI) Run Pre-degree/Remedial?" where I exposed a scammer parading himself as the admission office of not only the University of Ibadan but two other schools. I've equally warned you in another post, "How to Know If My Admission is Not Fake".

This is not uncommon in any country not to mention our beloved Nigeria.

Everybody, except you and I, is a suspect. You don't know who to trust because there are scammers and fraudsters everywhere.

However, some people are better at spotting scammers than others. If you've acquired experiences from the past and victims, you're likely in a position to guide others on how to identify someone who is trying to scam you when seeking admission.

In this, I'll be sharing with you, tips, gathered from victims and research, in order to be precautionary when dealing with potential admission scammers.

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7 Warning Signs That Help In Identifying An Admission Scammer

When seeking admission to a school or program, here are 7 warning signs that can help you identify potential scammers:

  1. Requests for Upfront Payments: If an institution or individual asks for upfront payments before processing your application or admission, it could be a scam. Legitimate schools usually have clear guidelines on fees and payment schedules.
  2. Unsolicited Offers: Be wary of unsolicited offers of admission from unknown sources, especially if they promise fast or guaranteed admission.
  3. Suspicious Communication: If the communication is riddled with grammatical errors, misspellings, or vague language, it could be a sign of a scammer. Legitimate institutions are usually more professional and have clear and concise communication.
  4. Lack of Accreditation: Make sure the school or program you are interested in is accredited by a recognized body. Accreditation assures that the school meets certain educational standards.
  5. Pressure to Enroll Quickly: If you are being pressured to enroll quickly or told that spots are limited, it could be a sign of a scam. Legitimate institutions usually have a clear enrollment process with specific deadlines.
  6. Lack of Transparency: If the institution or individual is not forthcoming with information about the programme, including costs, curriculum, and faculty, it could be a red flag. Legitimate institutions usually have detailed information readily available on their website.
  7. Too Good to Be True: If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and make sure the school or programme is reputable and has a track record of success.

What Is Expected Of You To Avoid Being A Victim

When seeking admission, it's essential to be aware of potential scammers who may try to take advantage of you. Here are some tips to help you identify a scammer:

  1. Research the Institution Thoroughly: Check the institution's website, accreditation status, and reviews from students and alumni. If you can't find any information or the information seems sketchy, it may be a red flag.
  2. Beware of High-Pressure Tactics: Scammers may pressure you to pay a deposit or sign up quickly, claiming that spots are limited or that the form will close the same day or sooner. Legitimate institutions will give you time to make an informed decision.
  3. Check for Official Email Addresses and Phone Numbers: Scammers may use personal email addresses or phone numbers that are not associated with the institution. Look for official email addresses and phone numbers on the institution's website or official materials. Google search the phone number or email, and you may be surprised to see the same appearing multiple times for different schools
  4. Verify Credentials: Scammers may claim to have credentials that they do not have. Verify the institution's credentials with the appropriate accrediting agency or governing body.
  5. Be Cautious of Unsolicited Emails: Scammers may send unsolicited emails claiming to offer admission or scholarships. Be cautious and do your research before responding to any emails.
  6. Don't Pay Money Upfront: Legitimate institutions usually require a deposit or application fee, but scammers may ask for a significant sum of money upfront. Be cautious of any requests for money before you've been accepted into the institution.
  7. Trust Your Instincts: If something seems too good to be true or doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and proceed with caution.


It's crucial to be aware of potential scammers when seeking admission. By researching the institution thoroughly, checking for official email addresses and phone numbers, verifying credentials, being cautious of unsolicited emails, not paying money upfront, and trusting your instincts, you can protect yourself from falling victim to scams.

Remember that legitimate institutions will give you time to make an informed decision and won't pressure you to pay a deposit or sign up quickly. If something seems too good to be true or doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and proceed with caution. By following these tips and being vigilant, you can ensure that you make an informed decision when seeking admission and avoid falling prey to scammers.

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