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Tuition Payment Scams

Learn about online tuition scams and how you can avoid and protect yourself from being targeted by them.

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What You Need to Know

By using social media accounts and word-of-mouth, scammers target student populations by claiming to offer discounts on tuition if the student makes a payment via the fraudulent site. 

  • Scammers target international students at a higher rate compared to domestic students (scammers have especially targeted students using the popular app, WeChat)
  • Scammers often promise an approximate 5% discount on tuition payments for students who use their 3rd-party services
  • Victims are asked to provide their university credentials and their credit card information so that the 3rd-party servicer can make the payment(s)
  • After the student confirms that the payment has been made (to the scammers), the scammers use a stolen credit card to make the payment, on behalf of the student, to their university account
  • Later, when the university processes the payment, the transactions are declined, and the result is a charge-back onto the student’s account
  • Now, the student still owes the same amount to the university, and the scammers have the student's credit card/ bank information and are able to access these funds until further action is taken

How to Protect Yourself

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