Scam alert: Callers pose as FBI, demand money

(Associated Press)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Scam artists who claim to be with the FBI have been targeting residents of the Harrisburg area and surrounding counties, the federal agency said Wednesday.

The callers have been telling people there’s a federal warrant for their arrest that will be thrown out if they make an immediate payment. The FBI’s name and regional phone number show up on caller ID, according to an FBI news release.

The scammers demand money for school loans, back taxes, even unpaid parking tickets. Oftentimes they know the name, background, and personal cell phone number of the intended victim.

They’ve also targeted international students attending U.S. colleges and universities, claiming there are problems with a student visa or financial aid. The students have been threatened with deportation.

The FBI says it does not call or e-mail people to threaten arrest or demand money.

People who have received the calls can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.

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