FBI Philadelphia has received reports of phone scammers targeting former and current Temple students.
According to this tweet, the caller claims to be an FBI agent from the State College office. The office’s real information – like the caller ID and phone number – is displayed.
The FBI warns people to be aware of this scam and others of the same nature.
Posing as an FBI agent, the caller may claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest, which can be thrown out in exchange for payment. Other scenarios where the caller is demanding money have also been reported.
The caller usually knows personal information about the victim, such as their name, background, and personal cell phone number.
The FBI does not call people asking for money or threatening arrest.
More information can be found on the FBI’s website.