Scam Alert: Homework Extortion


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Scammers can and do target anyone. Young people are not immune. As we approach the end of what’s been a challenging school year, those scammers are preying on desperate students.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the scam starts with cheating on homework and ends with extortion.

A student looks online for help with homework. Instead of a tutor, the student finds someone who will just do the work for them. The student pays money up front but, instead of doing the work, the scammer says they need more money.

Better Business Bureau President and CEO Tim Maniscalo says, “They’re going to threaten you and they’re going to…

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