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Fraud Alert: Avoiding Scholarship Scams, Phishing, and Identity Theft

Students who want to report financial aid fraud or abuse may contact the Financial Aid Office and request to speak to the Financial Aid Supervisor or email the Supervisor. 

American River College Financial Aid Office: 916-484-8437
Financial Aid Supervisor email:  Proshad@arc.losrios.edu

In the email please include the following information:
1. Name of fraudulent Student
2. ID # of fraudulent Student
3. Address of fraudulent student
4. Narrative of suspected fraud activity
5. Your name and phone number*

   *you may remain anonymous
 

Please note that the Financial Aid Office cannot inform you of the status of any investigation of fraud.

Financial Aid students that suspect fraud or abuse of financial aid funds can contact the U.S. Department of Education General's office to file a complaint. You can submit a complaint by email, telephone, or mail. The Office of Inspector General accepts anonymous complaints. American River College will assist the Office of the Inspector General in the prosecution of fraudulent activities to the fullest extent allowable by law.

To report student aid fraud (including identity theft), waste or abuse of U.S. Department of Education Funds:

1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733).
Email - oig.hotline@ed.gov
Website - www.ed.gov/misused

 

WHAT IS IDENTITY THEFT?

When someone, without lawful authority, knowingly transfers or uses a "means of identification" of another person with the intent to commit, or aid or abet, any unlawful activity that violates Federal law, or that constitutes a felony under any State or local law.

 

AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT

• Don't carry your SSN card with you.
• Shred sensitive information.
• Only carry what you use.
• Photocopy all cards in your wallet.
• Select hard to guess pins and passwords.
• Don't leave mail sitting in an unprotected box.
• Don't give out private information over the phone.
• Order your credit reports.
• Use caution when providing ANY sensitive information.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUPECT IDENTITY THEFT

First, contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus:

Equifax

o Web: www.equifax.com
o Phone: 1-800-525-6285

Experian

o Web: www.experian.com
o Phone: 1-888-397-3742


TransUnion

o Web: www.transunion.com
o Phone: 1-800-680-7289


Second, close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

Third, file a police report with your local police or the police in the community where the theft took place.

 

 

OTHER RESOURCES

• Social Security Administration, Fraud Hotline 1-800-269-0271
• Federal Trade Commission 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338)
• Opt-out line 1-888-567-8688
www.fightidentitytheft.com
http://driverslicenseguide.com

 

REPORTING FRAUD TO THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

1. Contact the Office of the Inspector General via email (oig.hotline@ed.gov). Provide your contact information or select the option to remain anonymous. Include identifying information and contact information on the violator. Complete a detailed description involving the circumstances surrounding your complaint.

2. Call the Office of the Inspector General Hotline. This number is 1-800-847-8733. Provide the representative with complete details surrounding your complaint. Include the contact information for the violator and a description of the incidents that occurred. When the operator asks for your personal information, you can elect to remain anonymous.

3. Download a copy of the complaint from the Office of Inspector General Website.

Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1500

The complaint form asks for your personal information, information on the violator, and a description of the details surrounding the complaint. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can download the special complaint form that omits the questions for personal identifying information.