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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Be watchful of frauds, scammers

Reverend Errington Massiah

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Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
It is being manifested every day that the love of money is the root of all evil and there are people out there who will do anything to get money illegally.
The latest revelation of this was reported in the Monday, September 3, 2012 edition of the DAILY NATION.
The Sunday Gleaner of Jamaica reported that Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) certificates are available for sale on the streets of Kingston for up to JAM$12 000 (BDS $268.66) per subject, even if you did not take the exam. What a pity.
There are con artists who will use their God-given brains to come up with all types of scams.
What is interesting is that the scammers were able to give registration number, centre number and “Jamaica private” signifying that the exam was taken privately in January 2012.
The preliminary slip shows an A for knowledge, A for comprehension and B for reasoning – profiles that are just shy of a distinction.
Those scammers are so good that not even officials at CXC’s local office in Jamaica could immediately tell the difference between the purchased slip and the authentic preliminary results slip that was printed in Barbados.
With technology as it is today, we are going to have more of these situations because there are many scammers out there with very good brains.
We must not continue to fool ourselves, for scammers are good.
The preliminary slips had the watermarks of the CXC that appear on the authentic versions of the document. We are forced to ask: what is next?
In future, when a person goes for an interview and presents documents, how would the interviewers know if the document is authentic?
With all of this technology, life for all of us will be made more difficult.
Let us then be watchful.