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Attorney general warns Pennsylvanians of college prep scam

State Attorney General Michelle Henry is warning Pennsylvanians of a scam targeting parents of students who will be taking college entrance exams such as the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

According to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, scammers claim to be associated with the College Board or other educational organizations, offering exam preparation materials and asking for a deposit that would be refunded.

Scammers may have access to the student’s name, address, school and test details, and other personal information. Once they confirm the student’s address, they ask for parental permission and a deposit for the test prep materials.

“There is a lot of pressure and anxiety that go along with being prepared for these exams, so make sure you remain vigilant and protect yourself in coming months,” Henry said in a news release. “Always remember to pause and think before offering personal information or any type of payment.”

She said the College Board will never ask for bank or credit card information over the phone or email.

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