SCAM ALERT: FBI Says College Students Targeted In Phone Scam

Phone Scam graphic
Phone Scam graphic

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Atlanta Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students while displaying the FBI’s telephone number on the recipient’s caller ID.

The FBI has received multiple calls from college students at various universities in Georgia, as well as universities in other states, including Wisconsin, complaining of a phone scam involving someone claiming to represent the U.S. Government, or even claiming to be FBI agents. In those cases, the FBI says the caller advised the students of delinquent student loans or dues, delinquent taxes, or even overdue parking tickets. On occasion, the caller even threatens the students with arrest and not graduating from school if these fees were not immediately satisfied via MoneyGram.

During each attempt to gain personal identification information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information. Also, the originating telephone number used by the scammer is displayed, or “spoofed” as that of the telephone number, of the Atlanta FBI field office.

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

Individuals receiving such calls can file a complaint through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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