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Scam Alert: False GED path

THE SCAM: GED tests

HOW IT WORKS: Scammers are taking advantage of people who don't know the right way to get a General Equivalency Diploma, or GED, according to an alert from the American Council on Education. The group warns that state GED administrators are getting complaints from people who paid to take a test for their diploma online or through correspondence courses. According to ACE, the only way to get a GED is through passing a test in person at a certified testing center.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: Your money

HOW TO BEAT IT: If you need a GED, there are ways to get it without losing money. If you're tempted by an advertisement for a GED program such as those described above, be careful. When in doubt, check with your local adult education office for GED information. You can also check this Web site for official test locations: http://www.acenet.edu/resources/GED/center_locator.cfm.

Contact Bee staff writer Ben van der Meer at bvandermeer@modbee.com or 578-2331.

For past Scam Alerts, go to www.modbee.com/ business/scam.

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