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ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOVERS FUNDS FROM "CAMPUS CARD" SCHEME

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ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOVERS FUNDS FROM "CAMPUS CARD" SCHEME

September 21, 1998

108 Georgians to Receive Refunds

Atlanta - Georgia Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker announced today that his office has begun sending refunds to Georgians who purchased the "Campus Card" from a Princeton, New Jersey-based Internet and mail order business that solicited college-bound students and their parents. The refunds are part of a $67,000 settlement negotiated by Georgia and 35 other states and National College Registration Board (NCRB).

The states alleged that the advertising and promotions for the card were intended to make college-bound students and their parents believe that the "Campus Card" was required by colleges and universities around the country to be used as official identification cards. They were also promoted by NCRB as debit cards that would make students eligible for discounts on textbooks and other college-related items. In fact, the cards were not endorsed by any college or university.

In all, approximately 2,700 students or their parents who paid $25 for the cards will receive refunds; an additional 3,100 will get their uncashed checks returned. In Georgia, $2,700 is being returned or refunded to 108 Georgia consumers.

"Georgia students going off to college have enough to worry about without having to deal with these kinds of scams," said Baker. "I am very pleased that we were able to get their money back."

Contact Information: 
Daryl A. Robinson Deputy Counsel to the Attorney General (404) 651-6194