Students are Targeted During Back to School

Beware of Back to School Scams

Back to school season can be a busy time of year. Fraudsters try to take advantage of parents and of college students during this time of transition by using the topic of school to open the door.

For Parents:

Telephone scammers are calling parents and demanding payments for a “Federal Student Tax” – which does not exist. Scammers impersonate IRS agents while demanding that money be wired immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. 

Remember - the IRS will never call you to demand immediate payment using a specific method. And they will not threaten to have you immediately arrested.

For College Students:

Work from Home: A job that you can work your own hours and from your own room.  It almost sounds too good to be true – which means it is probably a scam.  When you click the link and get approved, you will be asked for account information for your direct deposit.  

Craigslist:  Did you find an ad for a great opportunity to house sit or maintain a yard?  Maybe pet sit?  When you reply to the ad, a scammer will ask you for personal identifiable information, or they will send you a check and ask you to deposit it and send a portion back. 

Card Cracking: Scammers use social media to solicit victims by stating they will pay you for use of your bank account.  They offer to give you half of the amount of money they wish to deposit. 


  • Do not give someone access to your account, your PIN number, or other personal identifiable information. 
  • Do not deposit a check from an unknown source and then send money back.
  • Do your research before proceeding with a work at home opportunity or answering an ad.  The research could be as simple as doing an online map search to see if the property/location even exists. 

If it seems too good to be true, too simple, or too easy... it most likely is a scam.