Tag: identity theft

  • The Ghost Students: A New Wave of Financial Aid Fraud in California Colleges

    In a shocking revelation, 20% of all applications to California community colleges are now from "ghost students" - scammers using someone else's name to pocket the financial aid and never show up for a single class. This fraudulent activity is not just a problem because it's fraud; it also places a significant burden on underfunded community colleges and takes up slots in classes that real students are getting crowded out from. The fraudsters are focusing their efforts on Pell grants, which became a more attractive target because the federal government stopped verifying family income during the pandemic.

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    Identifying and Protecting Yourself from Fake Recruitment Scams on Messaging Platforms

    Navigate the often-misunderstood world of recruitment scams on popular messaging platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram with our comprehensive guide. Learn to spot the signs of fake job offers, understand the tactics used by scammers, and discover practical tips to safeguard your personal information.