Receiving Scam Calls


A lot of international students are receiving calls from people impersonating to be the CSPD or a law enforcement agency. Unfortunately, the number that they use by caller ID spoofing might belong to the College Station Police Department or a law enforcement agency (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing).

The victims are told they owe money for tuition, unpaid taxes, or outstanding arrest warrants and payment must be made promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation, or dismissal from the university. In many cases, the callers are reported to become aggressive, hostile and insulting. These con artists have access to a lot of victim’s personal information through social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. which makes them sound very convincing.

The IRS or law enforcement agencies will never:
-- Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes or debts owed without first having mailed you a bill.
-- Demand that you pay taxes or debts without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
-- Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes or debts, such as with a prepaid debit card.
-- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
-- Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
-- Use email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal financial or tax issues.

Some scam calls are directed towards awarding you scholarship for paying your taxes on time and maintaining criminal free status. The impostor agency asks for a very small “processing fee” or “application fee” to transfer the money to you. Remember, these are also scam calls.

If you are contacted by someone requesting payment for any debt or awarding you scholarship with which you are not familiar, be exceedingly cautious because it is most likely a scam. Do not get panicked on receiving such calls. ISS urges the students to hang up on receiving such calls and report it to University Police Department at (979)-845-2345 or the College Station Police Department at (979) 764-3600.

Important Links
Local Scams Reported to the University Police
For more information regarding IRS scams, please visit www.irs.gov
https://support.apple.com/itunes-gift-card-scams

News Coverage
Texas A&M University Police Warning of Scam Targeting Students
Bryan-College Station Residents Getting Fake Calls from IRS