Scammers Weekly: Do your homework before applying for scholarships

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(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Southside Daily has partnered with AARP to raise awareness about scams people need to watch out for.

A scam will be featured every Wednesday, so be sure to always check southsidedaily.com and be in the know.

Here’s this week’s scam.

College Scholarship Scam

It’s back to school season and for many parents and grandparents of college students, and that may mean looking for ways to help pay for school.

Beware of scholarship, financial aid and government grant scams. 

Fraudsters guarantee to award a scholarship as long as you pay an upfront processing fee for their services, but then you never see any scholarship money.

To apply for true federal student aid, use the FAFSA, the official online form which is free to submit, according to AARP.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network by clicking here or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

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