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Beware of scammers and scoundrels

High school seniors hunting for college scholarships and financial aid, beware: Scammers and scoundrels can't wait to meet you. Families lose money to fraudulent financial aid scams every year, according to federal officials. And with many college application deadlines just months away, this is prime time for thieves to make their pitches. Some of the schemes claim to provide help filing federal financial aid forms, while others promise to land scholarship money for your teen. Upfront fees are attached, typically ranging from $50 to more than $1,000. The return? Little or nothing, of course. The U.S. Department of Education, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission...

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