College students are a prime target for scam artists. Students need to be aware of everything from home rental schemes to aggressive credit card companies

In Your Corner: College Students Targeted In Scams

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 14, 2009 at 10:02 AM EDT

College campuses have become a prime target for many scams. From credit cards to ID theft, it will soon be open season as unsuspecting students return to campus.
Mike Coil/Better Business Bureau "we hear horror stories year after year about things that happen to college students when they go back to school"
The popularity of social media sites, makes a college campus a prime spot for Identity theft, Mike Coil advises students to avoid free gifts, like t-shirts, that often serve as a front for companies wanting to solicit them.
"they are targeted, companies know who they are and solicit them"
The Better Business Bureau advises students to keep close tabs on their license, student Id and credit cards and never give out personal information through an e-mail or social site.
The scams don't just target college students when they are on campus, scam artists are now branching out and looking for students in search of a rental home and there have already been a few local victims.
Mike Coil- "A local student decided to leave Purdue, and wanted to sub-lease apartment. He got a check for 5-thousand dollars, two thousand more than he was asking and they wanted him to mail back the extra amount. He did and then the check turned out to be bogus and he was out the money"
The bogus check took so long to clear, the Purdue student lost 2-thousand dollars despite putting a 1-week hold on their check, The Better Business Bureau warns to know who you're dealing with and never sent money up front.
Indiana's Newscenter has received 2 complaints this week alone from students that have been taken on Craigslist trying to sell items on a site that is littered with fraudulent activity.
While credit card offers may not be dishonest, they can flood a students mailbox. Often times a parent may not realize their student has opened a new credit card. We found 2 college students already leery of credit after hearing the trouble it created for others.
Megan Meeks "I don't want a care until I have a steady job, I'm scared away by stories of debt"
Trevor Hanson "I do have a credit card, but it's only for college items"
Students should also be careful of help wanted signs that pop-up around campus, such as painting or sales jobs... many turn out to be bogus and sometimes fine students for not selling enough. The bottom line, college is intended to be a good learning experience, just make sure that "education" isn't learned the hard way.
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