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

Scams:  "Phishing" & "Pharming"

"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

FederalTrade Commission (FTC) - File an online complaint atwww.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams, call 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357), or writeto:  Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20580

StateAttorney General's Office - File your complaint with the ConsumerProtection Division in your state.  Visit www.naag.org to find yourstate Attorney General's Office

USPostal Inspection Service (USPIS) - File an online complaint involvingmail fraud at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov, call the Crime Hotline at877-876-2455 or write to:  Inspection Service Support Group, 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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