FBI: Stu­dents tar­geted in phone scam

The Standard Journal - - POLICE/FIRE -

Stu­dents at Ge­or­gia univer­si­ties, and in other states, have been tar­geted by call­ers who iden­tify them­selves as gov­ern­ment or FBI agents and de­mand money.

First off, ac­cord­ing to an FBI press re­lease, “the FBI does not call pri­vate cit­i­zens re­quest­ing money” and also re­minded peo­ple in gen­eral they should never give out per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to call­ers that they don’t know.

The re­lease stated there have been in­ci­dents in Ge­or­gia and other states and that at times the call­ers are “spoof­ing” the caller and the phone will dis­play the FBI’s phone num­ber on the phone’s caller ID.

Call­ers told the stu­dents they had delin­quent stu­dent loans, taxes or even over­due park­ing tick­ets. In at least once in­ci­dent the call­ers threat­ened to ar­rest the stu­dent or to stop the stu­dent from grad­u­at­ing if the fees weren’t im­me­di­ately paid via Money Gram.

In each of the calls the caller at­tempts to gain per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from the stu­dent and claims to have spe­cific stu­dent in­for­ma­tion.

Peo­ple who get a call can file a com- plaint through the FBI’s In­ter­net Crime Com­plaint Cen­ter at www.IC3.gov.

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