College Test Prep Scammers Claiming to Be From the College Board Again Targeting Families

scammers sound convincing and can even have student's name, address, and other personal information

College Test Prep Scammers Claiming to Be From the College Board Again Targeting Families
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October 24, 2018

Is there a high school student in your life? Sooner or later, that high school student will (hopefully) be preparing for college. Unfortunately, scammers are once again targeting families and pretending to be from the College Board in an attempt to take advantage of their desire to have the student get into the best schools.

It's not the College Board

These scammers contact you claiming to be from the College Board, the organization responsible for SAT and PSAT tests that students take before applying to colleges. They want your credit card or bank account numbers in order to send test prep materials that they say the student requested.

It Sounds credible at first

It's easy to get information these days with the Internet, and these scammers are experts at scouring school websites, social media posts, etc. They often have the student's full name, home address, school name, etc. You name it. If the information is out there, the scammers have probably found it while doing their research.

To make it look more credible, these scammers can 'spoof,' or change, the caller ID easily so that it appears the call is coming from the College Board.

The College Board Won't Be Contacting You

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the College Board, even if the call appears to be legitimate, do not provide any personal information or financial information. The College Board does not make unsolicited phone calls to students or families requesting personal or financial information.

The College Board only calls students and their families in response to student-generated inquiries and/or to provide students and families with information about a test or program for which the student registered.

Warning Signs of a Scam

The College Board will never under any circumstances ask you to give credit card, bank account or password information over the phone or via email. The College Board will also never ask you to wire money or to provide a gift card payment. If you are asked for any of this information, end the contact immediately.

Make Sure the Contact is Legitimate

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the College Board, the College Board encourages you to contact them directly at (866) 756-7346 to verify.