Scholarship Scams

Scholarship Scams


Scam Warning Signs

  • You have to pay a fee
  • Money-back offers or guarantees
  • Credit card or bank account information required
  • Provides "exclusive" information

Common Scams

"Phishing"

  • Unsolicited emails that bear the logo of your bank or credit card
  • Appear legitimate but are traps to lure you into giving out your personal or account information

NEVER give out Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers to unsolicited emails or calls

"Pharming"

  • Unsolicited emails that encourage you to visit a website or click on suspicious links
  • Make sure you inbox spam filters are up to date

BE CAREFUL about giving out your contact information or email address

Reporting Scams

National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) - File an online complaint at www.fraud.org

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - File an online complaint at www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams, or write to: 
Federal Trade Commission
Consumer Response Center
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580

State Attorney General's Office - File your complaint with the Consumer Protection Division in your state.  Visit www.naag.org to find your state Attorney General's Office

US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) - File an online complaint involving mail fraud at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov, call the Crime Hotline at 877-876-2455 or write to: 
Criminal Investigations Service Center
222 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1250
Chicago, IL 60606-6100

Better Business Bureau (BBB) - File an online complaint about a business at www.bbb.org or call 703-276-0100


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