Saturday, May 15, 2021

The One That Got Away

A report compiled by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General states that student aid fraud cost the federal government nearly $200 million between 2009 and 2012. Today’s fraud article states that student loan fraud is growing because of the increase in the number...

The Homeless and Dead Apply for Student Aid

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Raymond Coleman allegedly obtained personal information of homeless people by falsely claiming to represent an agency that helps the homeless. He is accused of then using that information to apply for federal student loan assistance. The article also...

Subject to Detention

It's back to school time. Children and people of all ages are headed to learning institutions across the nation to increase their knowledge, some more willingly than others. An article published in The Annandale Patch tells about a man and a woman who were...

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...

University of Fraud

Choosing a college is an exciting part of growing up. You have finally reached an age where you will make major decisions. According to an ABC-23 article, one California woman took her decision-making to an extreme, not only affecting her life, but also the...

Listen Up Students

The days of punishing students with detention may quickly be changing to prison time. You mean to say that students will serve jail time for skipping classes? No, not quite; however, college students seeking to defraud the government through student aid programs could face...

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...

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...

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...

Scared Yet?

The only things an identity thief needs for obtaining a student loan are your name, birthdate, address and Social Security number. These are the keys to establishing a Federal Student Aid ID and to creating a fraudulent loan account without your knowledge. (By the...
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