US: Six scams that target students

Operating on the theory that it takes a thief to steal from a thief, a group of internet scammers has been targeting students who illegally download music, books, and video, writes Kim Clark for US News & World Report.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has reported on an apparently bogus collections agency that sent out letters to Bucknell students demanding US$500 to settle the students' alleged illegal downloads. That's a new twist on an old strategy of targeting college students.

Prosecutors say there are at least six common scams students should watch out for - fake scholarship promises, dodgy student loans, untrustworthy counsellors, illegal downloads, diploma mills, and term paper and other cheating supplies.
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