Beware of back-to-school scams, BBB warns students

August 15, 2016

The Better Business Bureau is urging postsecondary students to keep an eye out for scams as the fall semester approaches. Several of the common scams highlighted include housing rentals, employment opportunities, and online shopping schemes that involve money transfers or forms of up-front payment. Evan Kelly of the BBB says PSE students are highly susceptible to scams, particularly at this time of year. “They're affected with what's called an optimism bias, which makes them feel very vulnerable and basically [makes them] ignore any safety precautions,” says Kelly. CBC