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07/20/2020 at 01:27AM

Is GivenUs a reputable company/site?
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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.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae02/01/2021 at 02:41AM [edited]

Thanks every one who responded

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10/22/2020 at 08:39PM

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.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae02/01/2021 at 02:44AM

@ShaquilleOatmeal Im so sorry im just seeing this i get a lot of emails but thank you from the bottom of my heart for researching this it is greatly appreciated thanks so much

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07/20/2020 at 02:12AM

https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/scholarship-scam-red-flag

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.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 02:19AM

They ask questions like race, age, state, city, and home income, they also ask about whether I'm married or not and if I have children, I'm in high school and I've never had to do this stuff before and thanks for responding so quickly it means a lot.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:22AM

That information is fine it’s identifiable info/info you can be impersonated with. But be causation if other sites that is linked as they may not be as trustworthy. Also your welcome!

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:23AM

If you feel comfortable posting it on twitter Facebook Snapchat Instagram etc to the world it is fine but yeh be cautious.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 02:25AM

I totally get that because this one site redirected me to third party sites to survey to get points to apply for scholarships and it felt off. So I stopped doing them pretty quickly.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:34AM

The point system I totally agree with you. There shouldn’t really be hoops to apply for scholarships and if so don’t use it.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 02:51AM

Its stupid because literally people are trying to make money off of people who really need it, for all they know I could be a mom with barely any money trying to better myself it's messed up what people do for money.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 03:19AM

Agreed great job in being careful. Also there may be a way to report them to the Us gov’t for scamming practices such as small business association or federal trade commission if you feel that strongly but it may be legal just unethical.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 03:34AM

Never thought about that you seem pretty smart, I'm glad people genuinely care to help others on collgevine.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 03:36AM

Ah thanks! I nearly blushed. Wish you luck with the college search. I little to do and I learn stuff to so I log in multiple times a day :-)

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 03:41AM [edited]

same lol out of necessity and boredom

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Chae_bae07/20/2020 at 03:43AM

So I totally get it.

@Ariistra02/05/2021 at 02:21PM

I got an email from them about scholarships and another about substance abuse information?? It was really weird.