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Beware of These Covid-19 Student Loan Relief Scams | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19


By Anna Helhoski

Student loan borrowers were targets for scams before the coronavirus pandemic hit. The longer people struggle, the more desperate they become, and that’s when scammers and fraudsters thrive.

“They’re using the same playbook, but more aggressively,” says Seth Frotman, executive director of the Student Borrower Protection Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

There’s no single scam related to coronavirus relief or specific company to pinpoint that is being prosecuted right now, says Leslie Tayne, a debt-relief attorney and founder of Tayne Law Group. But fraudsters are still out there.

There are two main types of scams, says Frotman. In one scam, a company will charge to enroll you in a benefit you could have accessed for free, such as a federal income-driven repayment plan.

Tayne says she most often sees scammers promising to get borrowers into a loan deferment program in exchange for payment.

    >> Student Loans Are Now the Cheapest Ever

In another scam, you’re promised something too good to be true — like forgiveness — in exchange for payment. Then they take your money and run.



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