Brown County Sheriff warns of student loan scam

Several residents have informed me that they have been receiving phone calls from individuals who are claiming to be “student loan representatives” with “USA” showing on the caller IDs of the residents’ phones. They are informing residents that they have a refund coming back on their students loans due incorrect interest on their loan account.

The caller appears to know that the residents do in fact have students loans and address the resident by name. They do not appear to have any other personal information other than the student’s name. The caller advises that the refund can be automatically deposited in the resident’s bank account and tries to obtain additional personal account information. One resident reported that the caller was very convincing and friendly, with a thick foreign accent. So far, no one has provided these scammers with any information.

As usual, never give out personal information over the phone. If you have any questions regarding your student loan account, contact them directly, never rely on your caller ID at any time to identify who you are speaking to. If you feel you have been a victim of this scam, notify your local law enforcement at once.

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