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“F” Is for Fraud

Federal student aid provides financial assistance so that higher education can be more readily available to students. Some fraudsters seek to exploit federal aid programs by fraudulently taking out loans using other’s names. (Fraudsters seeking to take advantage of Federal student loan programs receive...

Fair Game

Higher education degrees are expensive. Thankfully, federal student loans make the dream possible for many, but to date, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with about $1.3 trillion in debt. Some of that debt is due to criminals who have fraudulently...

Fraudster Flunk Out

Most people like to get things for free, but an article posted on MassLive.com tells about a former Massachusetts university employee who takes the concept of free to a new, lower level. This particular young adult was not entirely happy with just receiving a...

Quick Study

While the Department of Education distributes around $150 billion in student financial aid on an annual basis, tens of millions of dollars go to fraudsters who apply for student aid using stolen identities. (To say that is a lot of money is an understatement.) A Danville,...

Cash Machine

Have you ever dreamed of being inside of a cash machine with the opportunity to grab at hundreds or even thousands of dollars swirling around in a money tornado? An article posted on WJLA.com tells about how a husband and wife used student loans...

School of Hard Knocks

If you want to lose the respect of your peers, steal their personal information and use it to apply for student loans you don't deserve. That's what today's fraudster did to fund her doctorate degree. A 64-year-old retired high school teacher stole and used the...

Fraud at a Distance

Distance learning is big business, and many accredited universities and learning institutions offer a variety of degrees and certificate programs online. The benefits of online programs are numerous, including convenience, flexibility, cost and choice. Distance learning students do not have to be physically present...

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

The phrase, ''beauty is only skin deep,'' suggests that a person's character is more important than how they actually look. A woman who ran a cosmetology school in Fort Wayne, Indiana used her beauty school to hide an ugly $3 million student loan scam. The...

Fraudsters Scam Community Colleges and Feds out of Student Aid

Remember the days when students applied to college, filled out a hard copy of their student loan application and sent it in by mail? Those days are long gone, but students still need financial aid. The difference is that today they apply for it...

They Never Learn

Some fraudsters never learn. They frequently commit the same crime over and over again until one day, they make a mistake. A Georgia woman almost carried out a successful student loan fraud scheme worth $500,000, until she mistakenly signed her own name instead of...
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