ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators said that scammers remain active this summer and are having success ripping off unsuspecting south Georgians.
Usually it's senior citizens being targeted by scammers, but investigators said that right now they are also seeing college students falling victim to a new scam.
Darton State College student Rachel Pipkins said Monday's Sheriff's Office warning should be of real concern to most of her classmates.
"The majority of the students here have student loans, so it's a big group to try to scam people with," said Pipkins.
Officials said they have heard from a number of college students who have become victims of the new scam, which is coming from social media and phone calls.
"They'll tell you they can get reduced rate college loans. All you have to do is give them your debit card number," explained Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd.
But investigators said that the scammers are not after the cash in the student's account.
They are using their personal and financial information to take out multiple student loans and counterfeit check schemes.
"Or they'll create the checks and using your debit card number, they will go online and cash these checks over and over again," said Captain Dodd. "All of them going to your bank account."
Investigators said they have heard from several south Georgia college students who have said they owe close to $5,000 on bounced checks.
Officials say students shouldn't give their financial information to anyone they are not sure is legit, especially on Facebook, Twitter or Craigslist.
Pipkins said she could see many of her classmates falling victim.
"Kind of worried. Because we don't really know a lot about the scammers," explained Pipkins. "We could fall for it really easy."
And that's why investigators said that the scammers are now targeting college students, and they need to get informed or they could get ripped off.
Sheriff's investigators said that they get 20 to 25 calls a week from people reporting scams or victims, losing thousands of dollars each week.