Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office
Crime Prevention Unit
Do Your Homework, When Applying for Education Grants
Students are being targeted by scams. One of the latest deals with an on-line scam to dupe college students out of their money in what they think is an opportunity to receive funding to help pay for their education. Here's how it works. The victim applies on-line through several websites for financial assistance and within a matter of days receives a call from a man who identifies himself as “Mr. Green”, congratulating them for qualifying for financial aid. “Mr. Green” tells the victim that all they have to do to receive the grant, valued at several thousand dollars, was to make a donation to a charity for sick children. Over the course of several days, the victim wires several hundred dollars via Western Union to Nepal , along with placing several hundred dollars on a “Green Dot” card accessed by the scammer.
Becoming a victim of scams like this one can be avoided if you watch out for the following:
An education beyond high school is a costly investment and the process to pay for college can often be overwhelming for both parents and students. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, administers the federal student financial aid—grants, loans, and work-study programs—available for education beyond high school. Federal Student Aid interacts with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and other participants in the student aid programs to deliver services that help students and families plan and pay for college. To learn more about Federal Student Aid and how to pay for college, visit www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov or call 1-800-4- FED -AID.