Here are some first-hand evidence for you to detect scholarship scams. Now you can be your own investigator to crack the suspense of “am I being scammed?”. Your mystery to investigate legitimate scholarships can be reliable with these information below.
- When you apply for a scholarship and if you see a section on billing information, you may not want to proceed with the scholarship. You don’t have to pay any fees to receive or qualify for a scholarship.
No contact details
- If you can’t find a legitimate phone number, email address, and/or location to contact the scholarship provider, you may want to rethink about applying for that particular scholarship.
No qualifying criteria
- “Open to everyone!”, is usually a red flag for you to stop and validate the legitimacy of the scholarship. Applicants usually apply with a personal statement (essay), portfolio, application form, and references. If you don’t find an application with few questions and claims that you will receive a scholarship, that’s when you have to be careful—don’t be a victim of identity theft.
Receiving a scholarship you didn’t apply for
- It is unusual for a legitimate scholarship to call, text, or email stating that you have been awarded a scholarship—especially if you didn’t apply for it. Be extra careful if it asks for personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank information.
- Be careful when you open an email from an unfamiliar scholarship you didn’t apply for because it may be a phishing scam targeted at students.
“We’ll do all the work”
- Don’t be fooled when a scholarship provider claims that they’ll do everything for you. You— the applicant—always have to do the work to win a scholarship. Yes, it’s free money but you need to earn it based on specific scholarship requirements.