PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- In just weeks, college students across Arizona will go back to class. But so will be scammers, trying to take their money.

This month, the Better Business Bureau estimates nearly 20 million students will be back on campuses across the country.

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In some cases, they may be leaving home for the first time and may be too trusting to people.

The BBB says adults ages 18 to 24 are the most susceptible and vulnerable targets with more than 40% of students reporting a loss from being scammed.

Most college kids struggle to make ends meet and crooks know this, advertising fake money making opportunities.

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"They're likely going to want some money to work from home, work from their dorm room, maybe go online" said Felicia Thompson with the Better Business Bureau. "So we're seeing scammers target them with lucrative offers for little or no work but big results."

Other advice is to only rent a house or apartment if you've physically seen it.

Since not all scammers are strangers, the BBB says students should keep their bank information, pin number and credit card information private.

"Sometimes college students are approached by friends to deposit checks," she said. "So once you give someone access to your bank information, that opens up the opportunity for a lot of bad things to happen."

 


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