Thursday, September 20th, 2007 at 4:06 pm in Lamorinda.
Las Lomas High School administrators are warning parents about an apparent scam offering to register students for an upcoming national exam in exchange for their credit card information.
Parents are receiving calls from someone calling himself Alex Brown, who offers help in getting high school juniors set up for the PSAT, said principal Patrick Lickiss. The exam determines students’ eligibility for a National Merit Scholarship and often serves as a tune-up for the SAT, which is widely used by college admissions offices.
Las Lomas is in Walnut Creek and is part of the Acalanes Union High School District, which also oversees the Lamorinda high schools.
Lickiss said exam registration — scheduled from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17 — can be done online or in person through the school. He suspects that the caller might have been able to target juniors, who comprise most of the test-takers, by getting a copy of a school directory meant for internal use.
Lickiss said he has not heard any reports about a parent actually submitting credit card information to the caller, who leaves a telephone number of 800-858-9673.
Lickiss asks any parent who receives such a call to contact the school at 925-280-3920 so administrators can keep track.