What To Do When You Think A Scholarship Is A Scam


The following organizations can help you determine whether an offer is legitimate. They will tell you if they received any complaints about the company, or if the company is currently under investigation.

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB): The BBB web page includes a directory of BBB's in the US and Canada and forms you use to file a complaint. Send e-mail to or call 703-276-0100 or 703-525-8277 for the telephone number of your local BBB. When calling the BBB to get a report on a company, you should call both your local BBB office as well as the BBB office closest to the company's headquarters.

  • National Fraud Information Consumers League: This is a hotline operated by the National Consumers League. The NFIC passes information along to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the appropriate Attorney General's Office, so you don't need to contact the FTC directly. The telephone number to call 800-876-7060.

  • State Bureau Of Consumer Protection

  • State Attorney General's Office

  • State Chamber Of Commerce

  • Call For Action: 202-537-0585 or 202-537-1551 (TDD). Call for Action is an international network of radio and television consumer hotlines, based in Washington, DC. Their address is Call For Action, 3400 Idaho Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

If the problem involves telemarketing fraud, the following organizations may be able to provide advice and assistance.

  • Chief Postal Inspector:
    US Postal Service
    475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3021
    Washington, DC 20260-2100
  • Postal Crime Hotline: 800-654-8896.

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