Prime season for scholarship scams

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We've got a WUSA 9 Call For Action "Heads Up" for you tonight.

School is out, but scammers don't' take a summer break

They prey on kids who are getting ready to leave home and head to college classrooms around the country. So, watch those offers for scholarships or financial aid that come with these strings attached.

According to, if that scholarship has a money back guarantee, back away. Most fake companies will make it impossible for you to get a refund.

FTC scholarship and financial aid scams

"Secret scholarships" aren't legit either. No company has inside information on how to get those funds.

Just say no if confirming your eligibility for a scholarship requires you to give up your bank account information or credit card number.

Ignore unsolicited offers that end up in your mail or inbox.

And finally, if someone tells you about an ongoing fee to be paid each week or month to secure the scholarship, that is a sure sign it's no good.


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