Student loan scam warning issued

Published 10:51 am Friday, October 28, 2022

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There has been a lot of news recently about student loans. Some are being forgiven, some payments are being paused and lots of borrowers are trying to figure out where they fall. Officials from the Virginia Attorney General’s (AG) office have issued a warning, pointing out that this is the type of situation that criminal scammers are ready to pounce on.

Crooks are already setting up websites and sending out ads promising to clear up the confusion and get you “to the front of the line” for a fee. The AG’s office has given a few reminders to keep handy, just in case you or a family member are tempted by one of these offers.

First, there is no information that anyone can get for you for a fee that you can’t get for free from the Department of Education or your loan provider. Second, it is illegal for debt relief companies to collect payment from you before they get results, so upfront fees are a surefire sign of a scam. Lastly, there is no such thing as paying for faster results and anyone who makes such an offer is a crook.