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College Students: Beware of These Types of Scams — Tips from the Better Business Bureau

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During the transition from high school to college many students and parents are faced with tuition payments, financial aid and scholarship applications, and often have to purchase a new laptop or tablet. These are all things that could lead to being scammed if not careful. According to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, consumers ages 18 to 24 are three times more likely than seniors to fall victim to a scam. According to 2018’s BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students. With college students being the primary target for scams, Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) has some useful tips and warnings for college students and their families:

—Fake Credit Cards — It’s not a secret that deals which appear to be a quick and easy way to spend money are offered to college students to get them to apply for their first credit card.

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Experts Discuss Mental Health Problems Among College Students

Mental health problems among college students are on the rise. NAMI Southwest CT has assembled a panel of professionals in the fields of mental health and social work to talk at a pubic meeting Thursday, May 16 about ways to support students’ mental health before, during and after the transition to college. — an announcement from NAMI Southwest CT, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Panelists at a presentation will discuss the warning signs that a student is in mental distress and steps parents and mental health professionals can take to ensure young adults get proper treatment. The presentation will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich. The event is free and open to the public.

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To Get Some of the Many FCCF College Scholarships, Students and Parents Need to Apply

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Fairfield County’s Community Foundation encourages students and parents to visit their high school’s websites or contact their guidance department for  information about the foundation’s many scholarships and instructions on how to apply. The foundation needs qualified applicants to apply so that the scholarships can be awarded. — an announcement from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

There also is an online application at In addition to the numerous scholarships listed at, FCCF offers a wide selection of scholarships directly through most high schools in Fairfield County. Darien High School students can find out more at the school’s Guidance Department.