The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has described as fake, a trending report that scores of candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME are being reduced.

The board in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Fabian Benjamin, said the report was false.

The report had claimed that scores of candidates who sat for the UTME and were found wanting by the board were being reduced by 100 marks.

JAMB said that an investigation carried out discovered that the fake news emanated from a gang who coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo state with affiliates in Lagos and other states.

The board described the act as fraudulent and meant to extort parents and candidates. Benjamin had in an interview on Sunday warned candidates not to be carried away by rumours and misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.