Back-to-School Scam Targets College Students

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Scammers might try and take advantage of students searching for back to school supplies, especially with the upcoming sales-tax free weekend approaching.

College-age kids are the number one target of scams, and have been for the past three years, according to the Federal Trade Commission. They make up 20 percent of all identity theft reports.

The Better Business Bureau said students are less likely to notice when a scam happens because they don't always monitor personal accounts.

This is also a time when students will be more active online to buy supplies, and scammers will try to steal their personal information.

Diane Whitehurst's 5-year-old is going to school for the first time this fall and she plans to stick to in-store shopping to avoid scams.

"I just feel like it's easier to be fraudulent to someone when there's not a name with the face. Someone is more honorable when you have that face to face contact," Whitehurt said.

The BBB suggests you use a credit card when buying school supplies so you are able to dispute any unwanted charges.


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