Colleges warn about scam targeting Tennessee Promise applicants

BLOUNTVILLE (WJHL) – East Tennessee community colleges are warning students about a scam that targets Tennessee Promise applicants.

Northeast State Community College administrators say several potential students received calls and emails from scammers.

The scammers asked for student’s social security numbers and credit card information.

Northeast State’s County and State Scholarship Coordinator Josh Johnson said the scam particularly targets Tennessee Promise students who are submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also known as FAFSA) for the first time.

“All it takes is a simple email from that scammer to say, hey, we’re from the Tennessee Promise office and we need you to resubmit your social security number. And unfortunately some parents and some actually students land in some of those pitfalls,” said Johnson.

Johnson said if applicants are skeptical about any website or phone calls that prompt them for personal information call the local scholarship or financial aid office.

Administrators said submitting the FAFSA will never require a payment.

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