Tell the College Student in Your Life to Look Out for This Scam

The FTC put out a scam warning for college students.

College graduates wearing caps with tassels, seen from behind.
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Scams target people of all ages, from older adults to teenagers, especially as more and more of our lives play out online. In fact, people aged 18 to 59 were 34% more likely to report losing money to fraud than those over 60 in 2021, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 

Now, the FTC has put out a warning specifically to college students to look out for a particular scam targeting that group of people. In particular, fraudsters are using the lure of a job offer, like a virtual side hustle or summer gig, to get money from students.

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Alexandra Svokos
Senior Digital Editor

Alexandra Svokos is the senior digital editor of Kiplinger. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern in finance and management and a BA in economics and creative writing from Columbia University. Alexandra has a decade of experience in journalism and previously served as the senior editor of digital for ABC News, where she directed daily news coverage across topics through major events of the early 2020s for the network's website, including stock market trends, the remote and return-to-work revolutions, and the national economy. Before that, she pioneered politics and election coverage for Elite Daily and went on to serve as the senior news editor for that group. 

Alexandra was recognized with an "Up & Comer" award at the 2018 Folio: Top Women in Media awards, and she was asked twice by the Nieman Journalism Lab to contribute to their annual journalism predictions feature. She has also been asked to speak on panels and give presentations on the future of media and on business and media, including by the Center for Communication and Twipe.