BBB Hawaii warns against college scholarship scams


HONOLULU (KHON2) — University students will be back on campus soon, and many are figuring out tuition plans.

There are tons of grants and scholarships to help them, but con artists often pose as officials to scam these college hopefuls.

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“This is a time when we really see fraud come out for those applying for financial aid,” said Roseann Freitas, Better Business Bureau Hawaii marketplace manager. “Especially with the confusion of COVID, you might receive an email or a text message saying, ‘You’ve won a grant or a scholarship,’ and you didn’t even apply.”

The BBB said scammers will trick students with scholarship offers that have words like “national” and “federal” to sound more official. The scammers will say the student won a scholarship or…

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