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Ministry warns of fake Facebook page scam

Officials distribute examination papers at a Phnom Penh high school last year during the nationwide grade 12 exams.
Officials distribute examination papers at a Phnom Penh high school last year during the nationwide grade 12 exams. Hong Menea

Ministry warns of fake Facebook page scam

The Ministry of Education on Saturday warned students and their parents about a fake ministry Facebook page that was looking to scam people by offering to sell documents for the upcoming grade 12 national exam.

The ministry in a news release said the fake page was using the ministry’s Facebook profile and cover photo. The page included contact numbers for those interested in buying the materials, although it didn’t specify what kind of test documents they were.

Ministry spokesman Ros Salin said officials were monitoring the case and were cooperating with police to identify those behind the page. “Legal action will be taken if the owner is found,” he added.

However, Phnom Penh police chief Chuon Sovann yesterday said he wasn’t aware of the case.

Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, also said he was unaware of this case and couldn’t comment on what kind of charges the perpetrator or perpetrators might face.

The page couldn’t be located yesterday, but in a screenshot posted on the ministry’s official page, officials blurred the page’s Khmer name, the names of people tagged and parts of the message it had posted on Saturday.

More than 90,000 students will be sitting the high school exit exam on August 22 and 23.

Last week, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron warned of hefty punishments for those caught taking bribes or cheating.

Additional reporting by Yesenia Amaro

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