SAT Scam Alert

Situation: To some parents of high school students, SAT scores are very important this time of year. For that reason, scammers have developed methods to use that concern to exploit money from victims.  Sadly, that scam has recently been seen making the rounds in the Central Bucks School District.

How the scam works:  You get an unsolicited phone call from a person claiming to be from the College Board, or an SAT administrator, or some other educational organization.  During the call, the scammer may have your child’s name, address, school, grade, or other information.  At some point, the scammer will ask you to provide a credit card for test registration, study materials, or something else that may seem important.  Unfortunately, if you provide your credit card, or other personal data, you will not receive the promised materials.  Instead, your information will be sold on the so-called dark web to people for exploitation.

How to protect yourself:

  • Always be wary of unsolicited callers:  If someone contacts you out of the blue, always research their organization before you share any personal information or agree to receive any services or products.  Look up the business or organization they claim to represent at BBB.org, or by doing a general search on the internet.  Do not trust any web addresses or phone numbers the caller provides.
  • Double check with your child: If callers say they are calling because of a service your child requested, tell them you need to check with your child and hang up.
  • Understand the College Board’s practices:  The College Board will never ask you for bank or credit card information over the phone or via email. 
  • Use your credit card if necessary:  Credit cards may refund your money if they spot a fraudulent charge of ir you report one in a timely manner.  You may not be offered the same protection if you pay with a debit card or some other means.  Never agree to wire money, provide prepaid cards, store gift card, or digital wallet information to someone you don’t know.

For more information:  For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, please visit the following websites: