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Protect Your Finances: Beware of Back-to-School Scams Targeting Parents

Protect Your Finances

Attention all parents: A cautionary alert has been issued to safeguard your hard-earned money from the clutches of scammers, particularly in the lead-up to the upcoming back-to-school season. Vigilance is crucial as fraudsters devise new tactics to exploit unsuspecting Jamaicans during this time.





In a timely message shared across their social media channels, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) has shed light on a distressing trend: a surge in scams targeting parents seeking scholarships or student loans for their children’s education.





“As the back-to-school season approaches, our focus intensifies on a critical concern: the rise of scholarship and student loan scams. These schemes specifically aimed at students and parents, luring them with promises of ‘guaranteed’ scholarships or low-interest loans, often accompanied by a seemingly negligible fee,” alerts the NCB’s official statement.






Vigilance is Paramount: 

Recognizing the Red Flags

Stay ahead of potential scams by familiarizing yourself with the red flags. The following indicators should raise your suspicion:





1. False Guarantees: 

Legitimate providers rarely promise financial assistance before an application evaluation. If someone guarantees funds upfront, it’s a possible scam, as emphasized by the bank’s statement.





2. Upfront Fees: 

Reputable scholarship organizations and loan providers don’t ask for advance payments. Watch out for requests claiming to cover ‘processing’, ‘insurance’, or ‘paperwork’ fees—these could signify a fraudulent scheme.





3. Phishing Alert: 

Be cautious of unsolicited emails or messages requesting personal information to facilitate scholarships or loans. Such communications could be phishing attempts aimed at stealing your identity.





4. Payment Caution: 

Genuine scholarships and loans generally don’t entail upfront charges. Always question any demand for payment.

Empower Yourself: Shielding Your Finances


Empower yourself against potential scams through these prudent measures:

Thorough Investigation: 

Scrutinize the legitimacy of any provider. Conduct comprehensive online research, seek out reviews, and validate their contact details, recommends the bank’s advisory.





Google search trends:
– Back-to-school scams
– Scholarship fraud alerts
– Student loan protection
– Avoiding upfront fees
– Identity theft prevention
– Genuine financial assistance


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