Crime & Courts

USC warns of fundraising scams

University of South Carolina officials are warning residents around the Columbia campus to be on the alert for potential fund-raising scams.

The university has received several reports in recent weeks of individuals claiming to be students and selling magazine subscriptions or other products for school-related projects.

"We are not aware of any instance when a professor has sanctioned the selling of magazine subscriptions to raise funds for class projects," said USC spokeswoman Margaret Lamb. "Individuals who are doing so and representing themselves as USC students are impostors."

Lamb said anyone who is approached by such individuals should immediately report them to the proper authorities.