SC Magazine shares details of a Symantec report identifying student loan forgiveness spam as a path for the unwitting to get infected with malware. Particularly timely, given all the news lately about for profit colleges shutting down, leaving ex-students wondering what comes next with regard to their loans.
These spammers aren't very discriminating with whom they're targeting, based on the never-valid addresses I'm seeing the spam come in to. I called the number in one of the spams last Friday and talked to a very unhelpful young lady who didn't want to tell me anything about the unwanted mail she was somehow connected to. But at least I perhaps kept her from scamming somebody for a few minutes.
Not only should you be careful not to believe promises made in these spam messages, but even if they weren't spammers, you apparently still shouldn't be paying for debt consolidation or student loan discharge help.
And remember, no legitimate company is ever going to ask for payment in the form of an iTunes gift card.