School Reopening: Public Warned about Bursary, Scholarship Scams

Ahead of school reopening slated for January 10th, Police have warned the public about ongoing and looming bursary, scholarship and fees fundraising scams.

Police said they are registering complaints from members of the public about conmen who are targeting vulnerable students, families and good Samaritans with fake bursary or fundraising activities to defraud them.

“For instance, there are fraudsters who are using the “O” level results of a one Atucungwire Princess, who passed in Grade 1, from Kibingo Girls SSS, to solicit funds. We are asking the public to ignore the tweet that has gone viral, simply because the victim has already secured sponsorship from an American organization,”Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement issued on Friday.

Enanga noted that as a result, a case file has been opened at Sheema police station, to track down the masterminds of the scheme.

“We are also using this opportunity to call upon any persons who could have fallen victim to this fundraising scam or other form of education scam, to liaise with the police at Sheema,” he said.

According to Police, the other common areas of fraud are; offers of bursaries and admissions to schools never applied for, processing fees for bursaries, companies with expensive and sometimes vague bursaries among others.

Enanga further warned that parents and students should do sufficient homework by researching about the scholarship or bursary they are applying for.

“They should look for previous beneficiaries or students for legitimacy. In addition, it is important to correspond with the alleged sponsors in writing for record purposes. Usually conmen are hesitant to correspond in writing which is a sign of fraudulent activity,” Enanga added.

 

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