Phone calls asking about student loan debt calling people with no loans

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 8:28 PM CST
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Those pesky callers are back again. This time, they want you to cough up personal information for a student loan you might not even have.

Just when you thought those calls were finally slowing down, another one is popping up.

"I get a couple dropped calls a week. It’s not nearly as bad as it used to be," says NDSU Student, David Anderson.

"I’ll get maybe a few a week and I’ll usually I’ve learned to ignore calls I don't have a number for," says NDSU Student, Hunter Keller.

The caller is asking about your student loans. But get this, the person they left the message with, doesn't even have a student loan. We wanted to know if it was a scam so we called the number they left behind in the voicemail. The caller told us it is legitimate but when we asked about how they get people's phone numbers, he didn't know. And while this caller claims they're the real deal, officials with the Better Business Bureau tells us there are plenty of scammers out there.

"We have been seeing a lot of these scams lately. Some of them promise to lower their payment if they enroll in a forgiveness program," says the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota Communications Director, Bess Ellenson.

In fact these calls are so common, one of the NDSU students we talked to tells us his cousin was almost sucked into one of the scams.

"They were threatening to kick her out of school because her student loans would be revoked if she didn't give up her information," says Anderson.

That's the exact red flag Bess Ellenson with the Better Business Bureau says you need to listen for. She tells us if anyone threatens you or says they can lower your debt for a fee, hang up the phone. The same goes if you're getting calls about a student loan that doesn't exist.

If you get a call like this and want to make sure it's legitimate, call your bank or whoever your loan is through. They can confirm with you if it's real.

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