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Buying ??? Grinnell College Admissions File

kleinkevinddkleinkevindd 24 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Yoo I just got this email asking if i want to buy my admissions file. Is this legit?? I didn't even get my RD decision yet, why would they send me this ? Anyone know?

You are now presented with a unique opportunity to purchase your entire admissions file:
Comments by Admissions Officers
Assigned Ratings
Interview Report (if present)
Teacher Recommendations
Tentative Decision (if applying Regular)
We are charging 1 BTC (~$3890) for this data. Be aware that although the price tag is substantial, this offer presents a unique opportunity to look at yourself from the inside of Grinnell Admissions office absolutely unfiltered. To receive the service, send the amount to 1
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  • MimsyWhimsyMimsyWhimsy 1 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I think they've been hacked. Don't click on any links, or take the offer! They are negotiating really poorly too, so they probably aren't professional. I would change your email password and hope for the best, although I am super freaked out that they know my scores.
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  • kleinkevinddkleinkevindd 24 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    New email lol : Following the forum threads, we decided to lower the price to $60 dollars worth of Bitcoins. For this price you will get admissions comments and your interview report (if any).

    Thank you for your feedback.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I’m going to call Grinnell this morning. I’ll post what they say. And change my password for what? They have S19’s email but not his email password. You think they have his Grinnell portal password?
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  • TspiceTspice 83 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    hmmmmmmmm... theyve been so hacked
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    S19 got an email from Hamilton yesterday saying they were hacked. So I’m wondering if this is now happening elsewhere.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9154 replies492 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    There is zero chance this is legitimate. Notify Grinnell admissions immediately.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I forwarded both emails to S19’s AO. And I’ll call her at 8:00.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What’s in an app that we should be worried about? Hamilton’s email said credit card numbers are encrypted. They’ve got the kids birthdays and grades and ECs and essays. All troublesome of course but anything we need to do? I don’t think changing his email password makes sense. They have his address but they haven’t hacked his email. It’s too late to change his portal password. They already have the info.
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  • kleinkevinddkleinkevindd 24 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I just received an email back from the Senior Associate Director of Admission, who said the IT is looking into the situation
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  • Ruby0601Ruby0601 4 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I love how they changed the amount from $3890 to $60 in just 10 minutes. Really tempting lol.
    Hope the admission office can fix this soon tho
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I don’t think there’s anything to fix. They already have everyone’s info.
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  • kleinkevinddkleinkevindd 24 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    rip everyone lmao
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  • LillllllllyLilllllllly 17 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I am waiting for my counselor to give me a pass so I can talk about this to her 😂currently in my chem class
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  • ImASeniorYeahImASeniorYeah 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Do you think that they have financial info through the FAFSA?
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  • evahadevahad 4 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    did everyone receive these emails or just some applicants?
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think everyone.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Sure Grinnell will send an email to all of us like Hamilton did. If it’s the same hacker then Hamilton said that financial info including credit card numbers are encrypted so not to worry about that. Right now, my guess is that their plan was to get files and sell them to kids who are curious.
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  • MidwestMomTo2MidwestMomTo2 347 replies2 threadsRegistered User Member
    My D got both emails, too. First one included her birth date.
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Do you guys remember if the kids' SS#s are in the CA? Or just FAFSA?
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  • homerdoghomerdog 4963 replies89 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited March 7
    Well, to answer my own question and if anyone is concerned, kids DO enter their SS# on the CA. Ugh.
    edited March 7
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