FBI Warns of Phone Scam That Continues to Target College Students

FBI Warns of Phone Scam That Continues to Target College Students
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March 29, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning consumers to be on alert for a persistent phone scam that continues to target college students.

The FBI says that it has received numerous calls from college students at various universities complaining of a phone scam involving someone claiming to represent the FBI or other U.S. government agency.

The caller reportedly claims that the student on the other end of the line owes money for delinquent student loans or dues, delinquent taxes, or even overdue parking tickets.

On occasion, the caller even threatens the student with arrest and not graduating from school if payment is not immediately sent via MoneyGram. The caller may also solicit sensitive, personally identifiable information.

To make the calls seem even more official from the start, these scammers will often spoof the FBI's phone number on the victim's caller ID—so it appears as if the FBI is actually calling.

The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. Never give out unsolicited requests for personal information to callers that you don't know.

To check the validity of claims that a loan payment or other fee is past due or delinquent, call your loan provider or other servicer directly using a phone number you know to be correct.

If you suspect that you've been targeted by this scam, file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).