Vikash Sharma

Not only common people, but students are also being targeted by miscreants who try to dupe them through various means online. The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has issued an advisory for its learners in this regard.

The advisory comes in the backdrop of some instances in which some unauthorised persons/ agencies are approaching students through messages, emails, phone calls, asking them to make payments for admission/ re-registration through fraudulent payment links.

In its latest notice, the varsity has categorically stated that it has not authorised any person/ agency to receive payment. Apart from this, IGNOU has also found that some unscrupulous persons, impersonating officers of IGNOU, are contacting learners to make payment for examination fees, issue of duplicate grade card and degree, transcript, verification of certificate, project and practical fees, re-evaluation, photocopy of answer sheet through personal emails or telephonic calls.

According to IGNOU, it has not authorised anyone to collect such fees or payments.

“All the learners are advised to remain alert and vigilant and prevent themselves from being cheated and share details with local police authorities for stringent action under the law,” IGNOU notice read.