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BBB warns against 'Who's Who' scams

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Recent graduates could be the target of scam artists. Recent graduates could be the target of scam artists.
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(WMC-TV) - For recent high school graduates looking to beef up credentials to stand out to a college recruiter – know that some Who's Who lists can do more harm than good.

Recent graduates could be the target of scam artists. Many people are familiar with the Who's Who directories as lists of the best and brightest high schoolers.

Although, the Better Business Bureau warns not all of these directories are legit.

"If you're actually being honored by something, you're going to hear about it through school guidance office. Anything you have to pay for on the back end you're going to want to stay away from," said Tom Bartholomey with the BBB.

Here is how it works:

An email invitation is sent to millions of so-called candidates.

If you respond, a telemarketer calls with the good news that you have been chosen for the list at no cost.

But they add you will have to pay for a directory and commemorative plague.

If you agree, then the telemarketer will ask you to pay with a credit card over the phone. The BBB advises that can lead to unapproved charges and even identity theft.

This offer rarely helps a recent graduate stand out to a college recruiter.

"If you put that on your application to college they're going to say, 'Really? Well you lost money. Let's cross them off because they're not as bright as they think they are,' " said Bartholomey.

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