Internet scams targeting students for loan debt forgiveness expected to increase (includes video story)

The Better Business Bureau is expecting an increase in calls and reports after President Joe Biden’s recent announcement of a student loan debt forgiveness plan.

Internet scammers are using emails, unsolicited calls, texts and fraudulent websites to bait new victims looking to find eligibility information. 

Kristen Johnson, Director of Communications at the BBB says, “It’s important to know that the government is not allowed to call you about your student loan unless you’ve given permission.”

The BBB shared these important tips to make sure you’re protected:

—Some government websites are FREE to sign up for.

—Know the ins and outs of your student loan.

—Do your research.

—Look twice at the URL before clicking.

—Make sure to protect your private data.

Alexa Velez is a senior at FIU majoring in broadcast media with a concentration in English. She has written for PantherNOW and Caplin News and is a recipient of the NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship. She completed her first internship on a national radio station, SLAM! Radio on Sirius XM 145, during the summer. She aims to network with others within the field and continue gaining experience in an effort to grow professionally and perfect her craft as a journalist.

Natalia Lorenzo is a senior at Florida International University majoring in Digital Communication and Media with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is extremely passionate about broadcasting, writing, musical theater and the entertainment industry as well as fashion. In addition, she began her own blog last year in which she discusses fashion looks, wellness tips and overall lifestyle tips and tricks. After her studies she hopes to work within the journalism and broadcasting industry, as well as maybe start her own clothing line/store one day!