FBI Warns of College Student Phone Scams

| September 28, 2015


ATLANTA— The FBI Atlanta Division 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, to include 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 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 personally identifiable information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information. In addition, 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, WWW.IC3.gov

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  1. Bruce Dawning says:

    Many of these students did good thing to contact the FBI directly after they got called. I think other people also should know that FBI, along with the other government agencies will not call civil residents asking for money over the phone. We should always up to date with the news about these impersonators. I usually find reports filed about phone scams at some sites like http://whycall.me, news sites, and even social media. It’s easy to find them, though.