Who wouldn’t want a beautiful item to remember their kids’ school achievements?
Who Is It Targeting: Parents of students who attend a public school in Florida
What Is It: Keepsake photo calendar
What Are They After: On the surface, the scam is harmless enough. An email was sent to parents, students, and community members in Madison County, Florida, offering them a photo keepsake calendar of the upcoming school year’s sports events.
The calendar and the pictures were not authorized by the school, though. Apparently, the school has no knowledge of the company, has no ties to the calendar, and has not even determined the athletic calendar for next year’s seasons. As such, the email addresses were not provided by the school and therefore were presumably stolen from an outside source.
How Can You Avoid It:
- If you’re purchasing any items associated with a school, sports team, or any other organization, it’s important to know if that item was sanctioned or not.
- While this offer could potentially be genuine, there were so many red flags, like not contacting the school for authorization before using students’ photos, and somehow gaining access to their email contact lists.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.
For full details of this scam check out this article from Greene Publishing.