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Back To School Scam: Tuition Fee

How the scam works:

(with video below) You are a student who can’t wait to go back to school or a parent excited for your children to start their education. One day, your phone rings and the caller - who recommends herself as a secretary/admin at the school - says you owe money for the tuition fee. It sounds official, so you pay close attention. The person informs you that your loan or credit card payment didn’t go through, or your scholarship/grant you were supposed to receive was cancelled. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Back to School Scam exposed:

Scholarship/Grant Scam Exposed Video

As the school starts very soon and the administration “can’t afford to lose any student spots”, you are required to pay instantly. Otherwise, the caller says will be dropped from their classes. Next, she gives you guidelines on how to wire the cash or even drop off the money, obviously to somebody who has nothing to do with your student's school.

In a different variation of the scam, the pitch is reversed. While knowing your real name and email address, the caller will claim to be having good news in regards to a scholarship or grant that will help your tuition fee payment.

 

How to avoid the Back To School: Tuition Fee scam:

Ask the caller as many questions as you can about the school, to find out from the beginning if she is a fake, as sometimes students receive legitimate calls from schools. Tell her also that you have to get the bill in composing - not through email, but rather by strolling into the real school offices. Call the Police and give them the number you are called from.

While students will be dropped from classes for non-installment, it doesn't occur without any forethought, and the school ought to rapidly have the capacity to check past due bills. Besides, no school will instruct you to send the installments using Western Union.

 

How to report the Back To School: Tuition Fee scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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