Scam Alert: Be Aware of Scammers Soliciting PSAT, SAT, and ACT Preparation Materials

–Attorney General Michelle Henry is warning Pennsylvanians to be aware of scammers contacting parents of students who will soon be taking PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams.

The scammers claim to be associated with the College Board or other educational organizations while offering preparation materials, duping the target by using their student’s name, address, school and test details, and other personal information.

The scammer starts the call by confirming the student’s address, then asking for parental permission and a deposit for the test prep materials. The scammers claim the deposit will be refunded after the test materials are used and returned.

“There is a lot of pressure and anxiety that go along with being prepared for these exams, so make sure you remain vigilant and protect yourself in coming months,” Attorney General Henry said. “Always remember to pause and think before offering personal information or any type of payment.”

Tips to Remember:

  • Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls and emails requesting a payment.
  • Never give personal or financial information over the phone or via email to an unsolicited phone call or email.
  • Tell the caller that you need to check with your child or partner first and hang up.
  • The College Board will never ask for bank or credit card information over the phone or email.