As students gather to enrol in the college that interests them, there are fraudsters who are ready to dupe them with different scams such as:
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1. Passwords Scam
Everyone knows they should never use simple or easy-to-use passwords on email accounts or other sites and never use the same password on multiple sites. But students needto be particularly savvy about where they store those passwords, as leaving them on smartphones and laptops in college dorms make them vulnerable to theft. We recommend they use the free programs out there that store passwords.
2. False rental listings
Never agree to rent an apartment without seeing it first – both inside and outside – and meeting with the landlord. This scam is simple: Offer a great apartment, collect rent or a deposit over the phone for a place you don’t own, and then disappear.
3. Fake Credit Cards
Students often feel flattered – and “grown up” – when they’re offered deals to score their first credit card. Butsome offers are fake, aimed at getting naïve students to hand over personal information – or lure them to sites that have malware or add malicious software to the student’s computer. Always check out a credit card offer before clicking a link or handing over any personal information.
There are plenty of opportunities for less-than-advisable decisions during college. However, with a smartphone camera in almost every student’s pocket, if you break the rules (or the law), it’s possible that someone will catch your misdeeds on camera. Meaning that one moment’s poor decision can easily lead to you being outed or blackmailed. News reports of students blackmailing other students, or even their teachers, can be found at colleges across the nation.
5. The Tuition Scam
The fraudster calls or emails a student, claiming to be from the college admissions department. Sometimes the crook spoofs IDs to make it look like he’s coming from a legitimate organization. The scammer claims the student’s tuition fee is late and claims the student will be immediately dropped from classes if a payment isn’t made immediately by credit card.
We say students need to hang up immediately on such calls and contact the college’s admissions department directly.