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Scam Detector Scholarship: $1,000US



About Scam Detector And Why You Should Apply:

Featured on ABC, BBC, CNET, CBS, FOX and more, Scam Detector is a web-platform that exposes the world's most notorious scams - in all industries. It educates the consumer on how these fraudulent activities work and how to avoid them.

There are over 1,000 scams exposed currently on Scam Detector, in the following categories: Financial, Auto, Social Media, Travel, Employment, Real Estate, Telephone, Tech and Face-to-Face.


Following its mandate to serve and help people in need, Scam Detector understands the value of a scholarship. Education is critical and the most valuable prestige in our lives. Everybody shall freely enjoy the right to education. However, significant expenses for higher education such as tuitions, fees, books, housing and other related expenses may end up the dreams of poor students to achieve their goals.

The Scam Detector team is proud to award yearly a scholarship of $1,000 to one student with the best creative ideas.


Who Can Apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants:

1. Must currently be enrolled as a high school or college/university student within the United States or Canada.

2. Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (or the equivalent).

3. Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold a valid student visa in the United States or Canada.

This scholarship is open to all programs. We recommend the participation of those students who are pursuing their higher education in sectors such as Marketing, Business, Communications, Advertising, Sales, Media, Journalism, Law, or Criminology. However, all participants start with equal chances.


Scholarship Winner Award:

$1,000 + three months of entrepreneur mentorship (1-on-1 meetings) from the founder of Scam Detector, Sorin Mihailovici. You can see more about him HERE.


How To Apply:

You are required to write an essay of minimum 800 words about one of the subjects below. Entries containing less than 800 words will be rejected, but feel free to go above the 2000 words limitation if you have much to say about your selected topic.


Here are the 5 steps:

1. Write An Essay Of 800+ Words

Pick one of the following three topics (A, B or C):


A. Tell us about a scam you heard of. Browse through the Scam Detector website and read a few articles in all categories (Financial Scams, Auto Scams, Social Media Scams, Travel Scams, Employment Scams, Real Estate Scams, Telephone Scams, Online Auctions/Tech Scams, and Face-to-Face Scams). Notice the editorial style of the articles and write a similar one, exposing a scam you have heard of. Maybe you were a victim of it or you know someone who was. Explain in detail how the scam works and support it with eventual references.

Make sure the structure of the article matches ours (start with a quick one-phrase overview of the industry, then how the scam works, then how to avoid it). Do not write in first person, just describe journalistically how criminals pull the scam. Here some examples as help: iPhone 8/iPhone X Review Scam, Instagram ScamsGovernment Grant Scam, Facebook Customer Service Scam, or Airline Free Tickets and Vouchers.

Another option for you is to write a How-To style article in regards to preventing fraud: eg. How To Identify Fake Profiles On Social Media or How Scammers Hack Into Your Social Media Accounts (make sure we don't have it already published).



B. Describe a unique creative marketing strategy for Scam Detector after you get familiar with it. For example, what would be 20 key partnerships you would do as CEO and why? Which companies you think would NEED to partner with our platform, for mutual benefit? Don't necessarily think common sense fraud prevention agencies - e.g.. FBI, Police, etc. Think out of the box.

Focus more on the creative possibilities behind the partnerships, such as creating key products with these companies, implementing APIs, etc.  Also, what strategies you'd create to have to quickly increase the social media following for Scam Detector (without posting new articles or send a weekly newsletter)? Don't write in first person.



C. Over the last few years marketing evolved from traditional ways such as print and tv/radio ads, to a digital world of websites promoted on computers and mobile devices. What do you think might be the next innovative approach in marketing for fraud prevention? What would you do? What would you create? Go into an in-depth analysis on why you think that product, movement, or service would work.


You just need to select one topic and create a compelling 800 to 2000 words essay conveying your views. It is not the number of words that matter, but creativity, originality, research, depth of insights, as well as writing style that will get you extra points.

The winning submission should contain references, creative thinking, strategies, accuracy and correct grammar. Provided content must be unique. All essays will be checked for plagiarism and so they must be entirely your own work.


2. Post The Article To Your Blog/Website

This can be a student blog on your university website or your own website.


3. Include 3 Authoritative Links

Include at least 3 links citing authoritative sources on law enforcement or fraud prevention, including 1 link to


4. Follow Scam Detector On:





5. Complete and Submit Your Application

Fill out the form below to complete your application. Send your essay in PDF or Word doc format to the email address: info at scam-detector dot com.


Deadline For Submission:

All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 30th of June, 2018.

Scholarship winners will be contacted via email and must respond within five(5) days of the date of the email to accept the award. If no response is received within this time, another recipient will be selected.


Terms & Conditions:

By participating in our scholarship, you agree to our terms and conditions:

1) We reserve the right to verify any information provided. If you do not comply with our requests for information within the deadlines provided, you will be disqualified by default.

2) There is no hidden cost to apply for this scholarship.

3) A student can submit only one project at a time.

4) We will review all the submissions but will only contact the winner. We reserve the right not to respond to any inquiry.

5) All submitted essays along with the ideas suggested become the property of Scam Detector and can be used for future editorial content on the company's web site, blog, social media pages or in marketing materials.

6) It is our sole discretion to choose whom to award the scholarship. If there are less than 10 applicants to the scholarship, we may not award the scholarship.

7) The terms of this scholarship may be changed by us without any prior notice.

8) At no time will we request your date of birth, social security number, or any information that is not necessary to award the scholarship.

9) Please do not call regarding the scholarship.


Another Scholarship Opportunity:

You can also apply for a different $1,000+ scholarship offered by the founder of Scam Detector: Travel by Dart TV Show Scholarship


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5. Back to School Scam


Educate yourself with the videos below:


1. Top 5 Amazon Scams in 2020


2. Top 5 PayPal Scams in 2020


3. The Nigerian Scam [Docu-Drama]

This movie shows how a victim lost over $30,000 to an intricate scheme which is still around years later.

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