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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Phony Grant Offers Latest New Identity Theft Scam

It’s important to remember that, in most cases, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t. This is one of the overarching themes of identity theft, as victims often need to be enticed in order to hand over their personal identification information. While identity theft services go a long way in helping to make sure you at least detect when these crimes have occurred, your biggest weapon against identity theft is actually your own common sense.

For instance, in August 2013 the Attorney General of Ohio issued a press release that examined a growing phone scam phenomenon that has resulted in the identity theft of dozens of Ohio residents, costing them hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars in the process. Many of them revolved around back-to-school promises of scholarships and grants for students attending one of the states many universities.

“It's a busy time of year for many families, and it's important not to let your guard down," Attorney General Mike DeWine said in an official statement. "A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay money to receive a grant, a scholarship, or a job, it's probably a scam, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

In the 12 months prior to the AG’s statement, more than 60 Ohioans had filed complaints about this crime, with an average total loss of $1,000 through this deceptive identity theft.

These scams aren’t just limited to the state of Ohio – across the country, citizens need to look into identity theft services to protect themselves and their assets from scheming scammers.