New fraudulent applications received at MSJC

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MSJC has received the following four applications this morning that look fraudulent-

Confirmations
7257517
7257547
7257483
7257436

Similarities-
> all have a middle initial with a period but they are in the last name field
> no institutions info for any of them
> the first two have the same SSN

We will have to go back and look at other applications received in the past week or so because the middle initial issue has just started showing and I think we have others as a result.
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Deborah K Sall

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We at College of the Canyons have also experienced a large influx over the last couple of weeks of what we think are fraudulent applications, but because they are so well crafted, it is hard to prove and possibly to prevent.  Here are the similarities we've noticed:

1. All first-time freshmen
2. CA residents
3. Applications are for winter 2018
4. Applications are submitted in the very early morning (1:00am or later)
5. Majors near the beginning of the alphabet:  AJ, Art, Accounting,etc.
6. Schools are out of our geographic area and are at a distance even from recently graduated   students' home address
7. Some of the high schools named are not actually high schools (Riverside County Courts, San Bernardino Assoc. of  Retired..., we even show elementary schools
8. The last four digits of the social security number often contains repeated numbers:  8332,   4644, 5575, etc.
9. Applications show that the applicants are white and male, even with what one might assume to be gender-specific name like Genevieve
10. All use outlook email addresses
11. Most have indicated the same specific areas of special interests

Instead of reconciling a handful of applications on a daily basis, we're having to check through probably 50 to 90, which of course, is a huge time burden.

Anyone else noticing the same issues, and if you are a Datatel school, what are you doing to combat these?

Debbie Sall

     
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Marilyn Maghetti

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At Butte College we are seeing identical patterns with the exception:
#2 not always a CA resident
#3 majority of ours seem to be applying for current term
#10 using repeated and sightly modified email accounts of all sorts including disposable

Marilyn Maghetti
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All,
This information, regarding your confirmation numbers, has been passed to the Product Manager.  It would be best if you sent an email containing that information to me via email - as this is a public forum.  I want to assure you that the Management Team at the Tech center is aware of this issue, and it's severity.  Additionally, we are aware of the Colleges' increasing concern for data integrity for submitted application information.  This is a HIGH priority project for the Tech Center to identify a methodology to stop or mitigate the occurrence of this type of application.
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Debra Thayer

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College of Marin Enrollment Services has provided the following confirmation numbers of suspected fraudulent applications separated into 3 groups as defined below.
 
1) The following numbers are for a group that is using a variation of the same email address (zangonzalez??@mail.com) but information on each application is random.

7191899                7250262                7317031
7192539                7261927
7193755                7268087
7212306                7274451
7219257                7285782
7227124                7293960
7233070                7302067
7243866                7310812

2) The following numbers are for a group that has submitted 2 application under each person where the name, DOB, citizenship status and sex are the same but the rest of the information is different. Each one is submitted under a different CCCID number.

7050922 & 7069287
7329526 & 7329548
7329925 & 7330352
7329949 & 7330356
7330250 & 7330369
7329970 & 7330362
7329501 & 7329514
7329473 & 7329485
7237274 & 7237290

3) The following are random suspects that do not follow any sort of pattern. The last 3 applications were submitted with SS#’s that belong to former COM students.

7191589
6795743
6760497
6845331
7249380
7232540
7278348
7228782

7267561
7169049
7169070

Thank you,
Debra Thayer
College of Marin
Systems Analyst
Information Technology
415.457.8811 x8131
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Lee McDonald

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We also have been receiving multiple applications from zangonzalez.

I'm going have to break down and add scanning for fraud as the first step of processing applications.


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Craig Connor - Saddleback College

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Looks like (as of 9/25/2017), we started receiving these as well (zangonzalez emails).  At this time, we're not seeing any other suspected applications.  

Craig Connor
A&R Systems Specialist I
Saddleback College
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Debra Thayer

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Received July 1st, 2nd and 3rd:
 
College of Marin Enrollment Services has identified three confirmation numbers of suspected fraudulent applications.
 
All indicated out-of-state addresses that do not exist according to USPS and Google search. All say that they have lived in Ca for the last 2 years despite OS addresses.
 
Majors and Ed Goals are generally the first 2 or 3 options in the CCCApply drop down menus.
 
All say home schooled, 2 indicating not a HS grad and no longer enrolled, 1 in adult school and none provide last HS info.
 
In this group the last name as an initial followed by another name which I never see.
 
9343117
9354563
9355314

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Drop File Information
We ask that all colleges follow the file format below. If you would like to include any information other than confirmation #, please provide that information in a separate file. For ease of input in the model please provide fraudulent application lists in the format specified.
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TXT File
Naming Convention: CollegeMISCode_Fraud_mmddyy.txt
Confirmation # only
1 confirmation # per line in .txt file