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FBI Warns of Scam Targeting Wisconsin College Students

The FBI Milwaukee Division is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students using the FBI’s phone number on caller ID.

The FBI has received multiple calls from college students at various universities in Wisconsin, and their parents complaining of a phone scam from someone claiming to be representing the U.S. government, and threatens to arrest them if they fail to pay thousands of dollars.

In each case, the threats are associated with false claims ranging from money owed for student loans, to delinquent taxes, and overdue parking tickets.

During each attempt to gain personally identifiable information from the students, the caller claims to have specific student information.

The originating number used by the fraudsters, which appears on students’ caller ID is masked as the number for the FBI’s local office in Wisconsin.

The public is reminded; the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If citizens receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.

If you receive these calls, the FBI recommends notifying your banking institutions, contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file, contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger, and file a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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