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Student loan scam

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia woman wants to warn you about a student loan scam she didn't fall for.

Eva Fletcher got a very official looking letter from the Collection Company of America stating she owed more than $18,000 in student loans they needed to collect.

But there was one problem; she never had a student loan.

Fletcher called the number on the letter; they tried to verify the last four digits of her social security number and her birth date, which were both wrong.

She didn't correct them and ended the call.

"He was a real fast talker on the phone and tried to talk me into giving him some personal information and I refused, I wanted to let other people know there is a scam going on with this," said Eva Fletcher, Worth County.

The company said they were the national payment center for the U.S. Department of Education.

We checked and the Massachusetts company had hundreds of complaints of fraudulently trying to collect money on debts and accounts that never existed.

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