Today with the ever popular tool- The internet, there is an increased chance of being scammed. Firstly on the internet everyone has the right to post pictures, information, make blogs, websites and use images very easily. From small dentist office information to a multi billion dollar company like Microsoft; they all have their websites on the internet. With millions of WebPages, ads, and scams it becomes hard to judge the genuine websites and fake or scamming websites.
If you are looking forward to a degree and searching online for a College and/or University beware of the potential risks which include credit card scams, computer viruses, key loggers or fake organization Institutes, fake pictures of a campus, fake degrees, and even non-existing colleges asking for a fee.
You have to pay attention if you are looking forward to study abroad. Since you don’t know much about the other country the scammers take advantage of your lack of knowledge and use it against you by supplying wrong information. To be on the safe side search about the country you want to study in. Search the name of the Institute you want to study in and look for any blogs or opinions of other people about the programs available in the Institute and their experience. Learn from other’s mistakes!
There are many ways of spotting distance learning scams, and following these tips, one would barely or never get scammed.
1.) If the Institute asks for an advanced fee, then you need to make sure that the fee follows the trend of other institutes. If the Institute asks for no advanced fees, and have low program fees, this should be an indication that the program isn’t as good.
*Spotting education scams can be a lot of work but losing thousands of dollars can be worse, and “Rather be safe than sorry”
2.) Too good to be true: If the pictures and images look to good to be true, then they are! Think about questions like why would they offer so many benefits for low costs?
Why would they offer free food, if the cost seems to be too low for the program itself?
Vice versa if the cost is too high, then you need to consider why would someone charge so much for a program? Why do they want an advanced fee? Mostly because they don’t want you to refuse paying any money after you have seen it with your own eyes, so in that case they still get to keep your advanced fee, which could be a couple thousand dollars.
3.) Non-existent Institute: Make sure you call a student studying in that institute to learn more about it, and if you have never heard of the name before, then it could be a fake institute which is not recognized. Ask your friends, relatives, customer support, and program searches.
4.) Use search engines: There are thousands of search engines that allow you to search for education programs and the college/universities, if the education program you plan to enroll in is not listed, that automatically suggests the program to be either a scam, or non-recognized.
Using these easy tips can save you thousands of dollars. Remember that education scams are very common and frustrated students with low marks who don’t get admission anywhere get caught very quickly into these scams.
Don’t be a fool, research well, ask students, consult guidance office, use search engines, contact the program coordinator and be prepared to refuse paying any money in advance if your queries were not answered with detail.