FBI warns of phone scam targeting college students

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Norfolk Division of the FBI says consumers should be on alert for a phone scam that targets college students.

In a news release, the agency said it has received complaints from students who attend various schools saying someone called claiming to represent the U.S. government and threatened to arrest them if they didn’t pay thousands of dollars. Those threats were associated with false claims that the students owed money on loans, taxes or overdue parking tickets.

FBI officials say the caller claims to have specific information and the number appears on caller ID as a local FBI field office.

The FBI reminds the public, it does not call private citizens requesting money.

If you get one of these calls, hang up and file a complaint through the agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.


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