FBI: College students targets of phone scam

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Division of the FBI is warning college students to be aware of a phone scam primarily targeting college students while displaying the FBI’s phone number on the receiving phone’s caller ID.

According to a post from the FBI Birmingham Division, they have received multiple calls from college students at various universities reporting a phone scam involving someone claiming to represent the U.S. government, or claiming to be FBI agents. The FBI says in those instances, the caller advises the students of “delinquent student loans or dues, delinquent taxes, or even overdue parking tickets.”

According to the post, “on occasion, the caller even threatens the students with arrest and not graduating from school if these fees were not immediately satisfied via MoneyGram.”

The FBI says that the caller claims to have specific student information in an attempt to gain “personally identifiable information.” Another element of the scam is the originating telephone number is displayed like the call is from an FBI field office.

The FBI Atlanta Division says that the public should be aware that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money, and says you should never give out personal information to callers you do not know.

If you receive a scam phone call, you can file a complaint through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center HERE.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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