If you follow school trends, you will notice that fake bulletins are a major part of the system. Fake bulletins or memo are often formulated sometimes to catch cruise, scam, defraud, deceive or even to cash money from parents or allow wards leave the home to school which may still be closed at the time.
But below are ways you can use to spot a fake bulletin purportedly from the university.
- The general Construction of the Bulletin: People who carry fake bulletin are often not sound in sentence construction. So, while reading the bulletin, you may come across a line that is badly written. But if you are not familiar with a school bulletin, you may still not know. So, let’s move to the next spot.
- Grammar: If the bulletin is constructed by a scammer, there is every chance that one grammar is not properly checked. The truth is that academic papers are properly checked and re-crosschecked. So, an academic bulletin is less likely to carry an error word or sentence as found in a fake bulletin. So, once you see an unnecessary wrong word, just suspect it may likely be a fake bulletin.
- Signature: Most bulletins posted online to catch cruise may not really be signed. Even if signed, check properly if the signature is that of the officer in charge of such office or if the signature is properly signed.
- Justified Text: One bulletin I spotted to be fake on mere sighting was due to poor justification. All normal bulletin would be typed by a specialized secretary. So, there is no way the right hand side of the text would not be in a single line. Text justification means that all the sentences of the text would end in the same line. One would not be longer than the other. Once you see the text of a bulletin not justified, you may start raising concerns.
- Compare: Have you seen a previous bulletin from the same source? Kindly compare if yes. Then you may find out that something is amiss.
- Look deeper: Still on the error issue, you may find out that ‘s’ may be omitted. In the last ASUU fake bulletin, instead of ‘schools’, the person who did the work used ‘school’, forgetting to add ‘s’. If it was from ASUU, they would have read and re-read it to avoid such minor error.
- Place a Call: Do you have the number of a resource person from where the bulletin was released? Place a call immediately. They will either confirm or debunk the authenticity of the spreading bulletin.
- Bulletin May be unclear and Shabby: A fake bulletin, because of the screenshots and editing, the final output may be very shabby and unclear. Fake bulletin carriers don’t really put in much effort to do a very nice job.
- Check the Official Website: Some offices use their websites and social media handles to update members of the public. You can visit such channels to see if there is latest update on the issue.
- Check for the unexpected/unnecessary additions: In a recent fake bulletin, the person who is responsible added some comic text at the bottom to show that he is just out to catch cruise. If you read carefully, you may see a line that indicates that the bulletin is just for mere fun.