According to the most recent data in 2008 from Consumer Fraud Reporting, the United States continues to lead the world in the number of scam artists, reported identity thefts, and phishing or spoofing frauds.


Candy Marshall, guidance counselor for  Boonville High School, instructs students on how to stay away from the ever increasing world of scams.

According to the most recent data in 2008 from Consumer Fraud Reporting, the United States continues to lead the world in the number of scam artists, reported identity thefts, and phishing or spoofing frauds.

The Today Show aired a segment recently discussing the top five scams to look out for in 2011. On-air personalities discussed how college students, and students entering into college are often the most preyed upon. As tuition has skyrocketed and students search for scholarship money, they will go online looking for scholarships, and find websites that will give them a list of offers. But you have to pay for it first in order to be guaranteed that money.

 “My best advice is to never pay anyone,” said Marshall. “Scholarship and financial aid applications should never charge a fee to process the application.”

Marshall also stresses how important it is for students to reach out and talk to people.
“Talk to other adults, your school counselor, a college admissions rep to get information about scholarships,” Marshall wrote in an e-mail. “Be proactive and ask questions.”

Marshall thinks students should talk to the college they’re attending, and find out what scholarships they offer that they qualify for.

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