Identity theft is a major issue in the Internet community; I am going to share with reader’s important tips to teach them how to recognize an email scam, what to do and ways to stop it.
1. Application Fee: Scholarship scams and organizations that charge fees for almost all the scholarship availing procedures that can be undertaken free of cost. Never pay for scholarship application fees.
2. Guaranteed Scholarship Award: Scams that guarantee an award- this trap can be tempting to an aspiring student. Nobody can guarantee a scholarship.
If you are worthy and your concerns are true you will certainly get it. Don’t get into the trap called ‘Scholarship guarantee’. No such thing exists.
3. You “Win” a Scholarship that You Never Applied: *Scholarships scams will contact college students informing them that they have won full college scholarship. You cannot win a scholarship if you have never applied for it.
4. Free Scholarship Scams: Nothing in life comes easily. There is no such thing like a Free Scholarship. Scholarship is generally given to students with high quality academic record. Simply money does not grow on trees.
5. Request for Personal Information: Some scams ask for your personal details, such as bank statement, date of birth, passwords, account numbers, social security number etc.
Never share your personal information with anyone online. Your identity might get cloned.
As a scholarship aspirant you need to research meticulously on the funding procedures. Otherwise you can fall a prey to any scholarship scam.
I hope you find these tips helpful.
Mr Uwayo Jacques
National Social Security Fund of Rwanda