- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning students and parents to be cautious of potential scams when applying for scholarships.

Officials say the warning is part of a week-long effort to provide back-to-school-related consumer protection tips with school already underway in some areas and classes starting in other areas soon.

Morrisey’s office is offering tips to follow when applying for and researching scholarships, including avoiding websites that require personal information such as a Social Security number.

Students and parents also are being told to research scholarships before applying but to be wary of websites that require them to pay a fee to search and learn about scholarships.

Those who believe they’ve been a victim of a scholarship scam can call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808.

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