COLLEGE STATION - The Texas A&M University Police Department has received information from a local business that multiple individuals, mostly students, have attempted to purchase pre-loaded debit cards after they received emails, phone calls, or text messages from individuals claiming to be with Texas A&M University, Internal Revenue Service or a law enforcement agency.
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 scam artists can sound convincing. They use fake names and bogus identification badge numbers. They may also have personal information about the individuals they are targeting.
In some cases, the victims have reported the caller knowing specific financial and identification numbers. These individuals usually alter the caller ID to make it look as though the IRS or a law enforcement agency is calling.
When you see suspicious activity contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345, the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600, or the Bryan Police Department and the Brazos County Sheriff's Office at 979-361-3888.