The FBI has warned college students studying abroad that foreign intelligence officers are known to discreetly target and recruit young U.S. citizens with the purpose of gaining national secrets, Fox News reported.

The agency released "Game of Pawns," a 28-minute long video that dramatizes the story of Glenn Shriver, a Grand Valley State University student in Allendale, Mich., who took a study abroad trip to China in 2004.

The video highlights how Shriver was paid to write papers about U.S. politics after being targeted by agents of the People's Republic of China.

Shriver was reportedly coerced into applying for U.S. government jobs after the agents befriended him and treated him to lavish hospitality. He was encouraged with a $70,000 payment to apply for jobs with the CIA, the State Department or any other government jobs, Fox reported.

However, the plot between Shriver and the Chinese intelligent agents to reveal classified U.S. intelligence information was uncovered in 2010. Shriver, who was now 32, pleaded guilty and sentenced to four years of prison time.

Any U.S. student preparing to leave the country for a study abroad trip is encouraged by the FBI to watch the video, which will help them to avoid becoming a target and recruit.

"These experiences provide students with tremendous cultural opportunities and can equip them with specialized language, technical, and leadership skill that make them very marketable to U.S. private industry and government employers," the FBI said in a statement. "But this same marketability makes these students tempting and vulnerable targets for recruitment by foreign intelligence officers."

The FBI said these agents would not identify themselves as so and would lure the students in by developing friendships "under seemingly innocuous pretexts such as job or internship opportunities, paid paper-writing engagements, language exchanges, and cultural immersion programs."