A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me the following email they received today offering student loan assistance.
On first glance it seems like just a run of the mill offer for help. Maybe one people might bite on. But why is this allegedly being sent out by the HRock School of Supernatural Ministry in Pasadena, California? I contacted the church to ask but as of the time of publication there has been no response.
From: Jonathon Madrid (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2015 1:31 AM
Subject: Re: Are you struggling with Federal or Private student loans?
Are you struggling with Federal or Private student loans? This is a Government program that we facilitate through the US Department of Education. call 888-634-9403
Get forgiveness for Federal loans and new options that will also save thousands off of any Private Student Loans.
We can help lower your obligation and pre-qualify you to get Loan Forgiveness and possible payments as low as 0 (zero) every month. Call 888-634-9403 to find out NOW! Our toll free hotline 888-634-9403 is ringing off the hook with people calling to get their loans on the Governments forgiveness program.
We have counselors on standby so don’t hesitate to take advantage off this offer and start saving today!!
Interest rates have doubled since July 2012 and due to this crisis the Government has a plan for Federal Student Loans.
We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and we are a member of the ASFLR ( Association for Student Loan Relief). Our consultation is absolutely FREE. You can potentially save thousands!
Act now before the program is no longer available. We have thousands of people calling so find out if you are eligible TODAY!
Sallie mae, Great Lakes, Mohela, AES, ACS, Navient, Parent Plus Loans, All Federal and Private and many more may be eligible.
Call 888-634-9403 so you don’t miss out!”
The email uses the telephone number 888-634-9403. According to 800 Notes this telephone number is also reported by others and one person alleges the emails they received with the number, came from China. – Source
Another email with a similar message included an unsubscribe link to a email service in Russia. [http://ironchampusa.ru:8133/studentloan-unsubs/unsubscribe.php?email=]
I suspect the poor church identified as the sender of this message is a victim just as other labeled senders have been. This email has SCAM written all over it and is a good reason why consumers should be reserved when jumping into student loan assistance programs.
The email also said the sender was a member of the Association for Student Loan Relief. But the association has no record of any such member.
If anyone knows where the leads from this spam email are winding up, please post an update in the comments below and let’s get to the bottom of this.
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