Social media scammers are charging pupils hundreds of pounds for what they claim are leaked GCSE and A-level exam papers, but are likely to be fakes or non-existent.

The risks to students are high, with not only the loss of money but the possibility of downloading malicious malware, as well as the possibility of being disqualified.

Sir Ian Bauckham, chief regulator at Ofqual, stated: “Students should also be aware of the risks of exam papers on social media. Accounts claiming to sell this year’s exam papers are almost always scams. Students should report these accounts to teachers. Students risk losing the qualification they’ve been studying for if they search for or communicate with social media accounts claiming to sell leaked exam papers. Sanctions can still apply even if the papers turn out to be fake. Buying papers is never worth the risk.”

How to recognise and report emails, texts, websites, adverts or phone calls that you think are trying to scam you.

‘Phishing’ is when criminals use scam emails, text messages or phone calls to trick their victims. The aim is often to make you visit a website, which may download a virus onto your computer, or steal bank details or other personal information.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is a UK government organisation that has the power to investigate and take down scam email addresses and websites.

Reporting a scam is free and only takes a minute.

Report an email you think is a scam

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk

Report a text message you think is a scam

Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it’s found to be malicious.

Report a website you think is a scam

Many scammers operate fake websites, which will download viruses to your computer, or are designed to steal passwords or other personal information. You can report a suspicious website link or URL here https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/…/about…/report-scam-website

Report an advert you think is a scam

If you see a suspicious ad in a paid-for space, you can report it to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). This includes adverts on social media https://www.asa.org.uk/make…/report-an-online-scam-ad.html

 

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