RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - College classes are now back in session, and scammers are trying to educate themselves on how to rip off unassuming students.
First, student identity theft. The largest category.
As heavy internet users, young people are particularly vulnerable to identity theft scams. With all the social networking now, scammers have set up phony pages that look like official college pages. They're harvesting names either for ID theft or to be sold on marketing lists.
Here are a couple of tips to protect your identity online:
Now, another big category... scholarship scams.
There are thousands of legitimate scholarships offers out there. So, it can be hard to know where to start.
There are two main scams to think about:
If you're not living at home and you're not living in the dorm, finding a place to live at the right price can be a real headache. There are two key pitfalls to watch out for:
You have to ask a lot of questions and see things inside and out in-person before you pay.
Scambusters says the key to avoiding these rip offs is to realize that there are people out there, including maybe some of your fellow students, just waiting to rip you off... And do your research.
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