Back to school scams: What you need to know

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - A new school year has arrived, but one thing students and parents need to be on the look out for are scams.

There are many different types of school scams. They can range from scholarship scams, textbook rental scams, tutoring scams and more.

When we spoke with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, he stressed the importance of two scams.

One scam involves college students who are renting an apartment for the first time and identity theft.

"For a lot of younger adults who are going away to college for the first time it's critical that people can spot potential identity theft," said Morrisey. "We also urge people during this time to very careful about various landlord-tenant issues that's particularly important because we want to make sure that college students are well equipped."

And one offcial from West Virginia University said the beginning of fall semester is always a prime time for scams to occur.

"The common scam we see at the beginning of the fall semester are work from home scams," said Alex Jalso, Chief Information Security Officer at West Virginia University. "Especially during the beginning of the semester incoming students receive a lot of information, a lot of emails, and they need to be aware of how to protect themselves."