As students prepare their applications for college, they are also applying for financial aid and that leaves them open to possible scams and identity theft. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding college-bound students to safeguard their information.
“Scammers know college is a very expensive investment and that many students need assistance,” said Morrisey. “That’s why it’s so important that students don’t get tricked into handing over their personal information to the wrong person.”
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) requires students to provide a large amount of personal information. The application period began in October. Attorney General Morrisey said scammers aim to take advantage of the situation.
Morrisey said it is important that students not share their Federal Student Aid identification number. The number not only gives applicants access to online services, but also can serve as a legal signature.
Consumers with questions about a potential financial aid scam can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.