Credit card scam targets students

PROBLEM, NONEXISTENT PROBLEM >> TONIGHT AT 5:00 O'CLOCK, AND ONLY ON 2, A WARNING ABOUT A NEW SCAM THAT TARGETS COLLEGE AGE STUDENTS

GOOD EVENING I'M BILL BALLEZA >> I'M LAUREN FREEMAN THE VICTIMS ARE CONVINCED TO BUY CARDS WITH THE PROMISE OF EARNING A SCHOLARSHIP THEY END UP GETTING SWINDLED OUT OF THOUSAN O DOLLARS

>> THE FIRST TIME ON CHANNEL 2, WELCOME TO OUR ORGANIZATION >> YES THANK YOU, BILL AND LAUREN PLEASURE TO BE HERE THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE CREDIT CARD SCAM

IN FACT, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY GOOD FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS TO KNOW ABOUT AS THEY HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL IN THIS CASE, A COLLEGE STUDENT WAS APPROACHED BY A FRIEND THEY WERE ASKED TO BUY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN MERCHANDISE AND NOW THEY'RE LEFT WITH REALLY BIG BILLS >> I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD SCAM SOMEBODY HE KNEW >> Reporter: IT ALL STARTED FOR COLLEGE SOPHOMORE TAYLOR WITH A SNAP CHAT SHOUT OUT FROM A FRIEND

>> HE POSTED IF YOU'RE A COLLEGE STUDENT AND YOU'RE LOOKING TO MAKE EXTRA CASH, THEN HIT ME UP >> Reporter: SHE DID IT THAT FRIEND SAID IF SHE OPENED A BARCLAY CREDIT CARD AND BOUGHT SOME APPLE PRODUCTS, SHE WOULD GET $15,000 IN SCHOLARSHIP MONEY FOR SCHOOL HER SISTER DECIDED TO DO IT, TOO THEIR INTENTIONS WERE GOOD

>> THIS WAS REALLY FOR MY PARENTS >> Reporter: THE GIRLS SAY THAT FRIEND AND ANOTHER MAN TOOK THEM ON SHOPPING SPREES, TO PLACES LIKE THE COMMONS AND THE WILLOWBROOK AREA THEY WERE TOLD TO OPEN UP CREDIT CARDS AT PLACES LIKE CONN'S, BEST BUY AND OTHER PLACES WHEN THEY BOUGHT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF MERCHANDISE >> HE BOUGHT PURSES ON MY CREDIT AND THAT ALONE COST $3,800

I BOUGHT ANOTHER APPLE COMPUTER WHICH THAT ALONE IS LIKE 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS >> Reporter: THEY WERE EVEN TOLD TO BUY THINGS FOR THEMSELVES, LIKE THESE PRICED AT $250 AND THESE SNEAKERS WERE A WHOPPING $650 E-MAIL CONFIRMATION CAME THROUGH TO THE SISTERS SUMMING UP THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF ITEMS THAT THEY GAVE TO THE MEN IN RETURN, THEY SAY THEY WERE PROMISED MONEY FOR COLLEGE AND FOR THOSE CREDIT CARD BILLS BUT THEY SAY THAT MONEY NEVER CAME THROUGH >> FOR THEM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF US IS EVIL

>> Reporter: NOW ALL THE GIRLS ARE LEFT WITH ARE SOME DESIGNER SHOES, THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN CREDIT CARD BILLS AND A HARD LEARNED LESSON >> IF IT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH MONEY, ASK FIRST >> Reporter: THE GIRLS SAY THAT THEY TRIED TO FILE A POLICE REPORT, BUT THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO POLICE TELLING THEM BECAUSE THEY RECEIVED SOME MONEY FROM THE MEN ABOUT $200 EACH, THAT THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO FILE A POLICE REPORT, THAT EVERYTHING WAS LEGAL, SUPPOSEDLY THEN THEY WERE ALSO SAYING THAT WE WERE ALSO CALLED A NUMBER THAT THEY GAVE US FROM THE MEN THAT WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SO-CALLED SCAM AND WHEN WE IDENTIFIED OURSELVES, THE PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY HUNG UP ON US

LASTLY, THE BBB TELLS WITH US IT COMES TO SCHOLARSHIP MONEY, YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED TO GIVE MONEY