The “College Confidential” feature in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Justine filled you in on some great ways to sniff out a scholarship hoax and keep your info out of the hands of scammers looking to rip you off or even steal your identity. Read on for a few more sure signs that a too-good-to-be-true is, well, to good to be true.
• The scholarship organization has no phone number and its address is only a P. O. box with no street address listed.
• The name sounds really official – very similar to the name of a government agency or well-known organization.
• Correspondence includes time pressure…”you must apply now!”
• The organization claims a high success rate in securing scholarships, but there is no proof provided of previous winners.
• You receive notification of a scholarship by a phone call; legitimate scholarships come as written offers via mail.
Check out the Oct/Nov issue of Justine for more college 411.