By Prossy Namiiro
Parents and guardians have been warned against con men ahead of schools reopening.
According to the police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, conmen who are targeting vulnerable students, families and good Samaritans, with fake bursaries, scholarships and fundraising activities.
“There are fraudstars 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.” He said
Enanga says that police has already opened a file at Sheema police station, to track down the culprits.
“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.
As parents and students are preparing to report to respective schools, fraudstar are also active with offers of bursaries and admissions to schools never applied for, processing fees for bursaries, companies with expensive and sometimes vague bursaries. The con men use language and techniques which entice intending beneficiaries.
The Police mouthpiece further asked parents and students do sufficient homework by researching about the scholarship or bursary.
“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 con men are hesitant to correspond in writing which is a sign of fraudulent activity.” He concluded.