Is GivenUs a reputable company/site?Answered
So I found out about GivenUs through a third party, I signed up for their emails and things like that, I received a few emails from them for college help and scholarships but they keep sending an email requesting more information, and like I click on the links they send but it sends me to totally unrelated third party sites that are supposedly for college I've already given away enough information, and I'm worried I'm putting too much info out their already about myself, so I'm not sure what to do at this point.
Hey @Chae_bae, I understand you already received your answer for this question but I wanted to chime in here for any future people who might be wondering the same thing as you. To be clear I think @DebaterMAX gave helpful advice, especially about not providing intimate details to websites, and it's advice people should take to heart. One last thing, I believe the link that Max posted might be broken. At least it was for me. Here's the link which he was referencing and that worked for me: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarship-scam-red-flags. Here's another website I found too which details red flags to look out for: http://www.collegescholarships.org/scam.htm. I'm going to try and avoid repeating the same info available in that article and mention the other red flags I notice.
I'd actually never heard of this website before until I read your question and decided to do some digging into it. It took some looking around the site for a bit before I was even able to find anything related to scholarships which, in my opinion, is a red flag right there. Even when you can find articles on scholarships they are full of generic information and just send you to other sites where you might be able to apply for actual scholarships. I avoided clicking on most of the links so I can't verify for sure if the sites they send you to are legit or not. None of the articles I looked at/read had an authors name on it either. That should be a red flag for any news site in general, not just on this website. Not to mention the fact that almost all the Google search results are similar questions wondering if the site is a scam. Another read flag. Finally, as you probably noticed when looking for an answer to this question, many of the emails people receive are rife with poor english and bad grammar. This indicates that people are most likely just trying to get your data so they can sell it to 3rd parties for a quick buck and not so they can help you find scholarships.
Overall I would strongly suggest avoiding this site all together. It doesn't seem like it's good for scholarships, plus @DebaterMAX provided much better resources, and most of the articles claiming you can make "fast money" or something similar are likely bogus. Depending on how much you care about them having your data it might be worth reaching out to them and requesting them to delete it. Whether they do or not is a different matter but it probably wouldn't hurt to try.
I don’t know about GivenUs but the first google result for GivenUs Legit was a reddit thread about it being a scam.
Also make sure you don’t give ultra personal details especially your social servility number among others. Assuming they don’t ask for payment quite a few of the scholarship websites make money by selling details to colleges not 3rd party sites. Also the vast majority of the time they don’t ask for address merely zip code.
But keep in mind most scholarship databases are very niche I browsed a lot of them and I wasn’t eligible for all of them but personal info and other sites are a big no no so I am very cautious of it.
Other ones that I know are legit are scholarship.com, scholarshipowl, fastweb, cappex, raiseme.
Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.