A new student loan scam in Brown County, Kansas is targeting student borrowers through phone calls that claim to be from the U.S. government.

According to WIBW News, there is a new student loan scam running in Kansas, and law enforcement is taking the necessary steps to mitigate potential damages.

The student loan scam is taking place in Brown County, Kansas; the Brown County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning regarding the scam operation.

According to Sheriff John. D. Merchant, the scam is targeting specifically student loan borrowers. Merchant told WIBW News that multiple residents have gotten phone calls from individuals that claim to be student loan representatives. The calls come in with a fake U.S. Government caller ID.

Once connected on the phone, the fraudulent scammers inform potential victims that they are are owed a refund on their student loans because of improperly applied interest charges.

Afterwards, the scammers encourage the student loan borrowers to give them their personal bank account information.

Merchant informed WIBW News that no one has yet fallen victim to the student loan scam, but he reminded everyone that giving out sensitive, personal information is something that should never be done.

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If one does happen to fall victim to the scam or if they have any questions, they should call their student loan provider immediately, in addition to the local police.

As student loan debt becomes more prevalent in not just the U.S., but the entire world, student loan scams are also becoming increasingly common. A couple of weeks ago, The Student Loan Report covered an email scam in the United Kingdom that was encouraging potential targets to enter in personal information after they were informed that their student loan account was temporarily shutdown due to missing information.

In August, a North Carolina man’s cell phone number was hacked and being used as part of an elaborate student loan scam. Hundreds of people were called from the hacked number and were being told that they had the ability to completely pay off their educational debt with one lump sum payment. Of course, this was not the case and the lump sum payments would end up in the hands of the scammer. 

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